Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

overstep

Definition:(verb) To go beyond (a limit); exceed.
Synonyms:transgress, trespass
Usage: The hotel was criticized for its $11 million Christmas tree adorned with gold and precious stones by those who felt it overstepped the bounds of taste.
Article of the Day

The Venera Program

The Venera Program consisted of a series of unmanned Soviet planetary probes sent to Venus between 1965 and 1983. Venera 2 flew to within 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of Venus in 1966. A few days later, Venera 3 crash-landed on its surface, becoming the first spacecraft to strike another planet. Later missions analyzed Venus's atmosphere, made soft landings, and mapped and sent back the first close-up photographs of some of the planet's surface. What does Venera mean in Russian? More...
This Day in History

Harold Macmillan Delivers "Wind of Change" Speech (1960)

British statesman Harold Macmillan held several government posts during World War II, including minister resident in North Africa. After serving in several other positions, he became prime minister in 1957. Macmillan accelerated Britain's decolonization, especially in Africa. In a memorable speech to the South African parliament in 1960, he said a "wind of change" was sweeping across Africa, which was experiencing a growth in national consciousness. What were the reactions to the speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Norman Rockwell (1894)

Rockwell was an American illustrator whose idealized scenes of family life in small-town America gained enormous popularity with the public. His illustrations appeared in major periodicals such as Collier's and Life. From 1916 to 1963, he produced 317 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, and during WWII his patriotic posters were distributed by the government. What unusually serious subject did the sentimental illustrator cover for Look magazine later in his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

however much

No matter how much. More...
Today's Holiday

Quebec Winter Carnival (2017)

The celebration of winter that has been held since the mid-1950s in Quebec City ranks among the great carnivals of the world. It begins with the Queen's Ball at the Château Frontenac and a parade of illuminated floats. More than 40,000 tons of snow are trucked in to construct a large snow castle, which is illuminated at night and which serves as a mock jail. Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival's seven-foot-high snowman mascot dressed in a red cap and traditional sash, roams the streets teasing children and looking for people to lock up in the Ice Palace. More...
In the News

Mini-Laparoscopy May Not Cut It

A comparison of conventional laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery and a new technique involving "mini" incisions suggests that the new method does not offer many advantages over the current minimally invasive procedure. The odds of a surgery technique failing and being completed by a different procedure were more than twice as high for a patient undergoing mini-laparoscopy compared to conventional laparoscopy, however, this may simply reflect surgeons' lack of experience with the new procedure. Meanwhile, patients were happier with the cosmetic outcomes of the mini-laparoscopy. Researchers recommend investigating the costs and benefits of mini-laparoscopy further. More...
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