Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

squashy

Definition:(adjective) (Of soil) soft and watery.
Synonyms:boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloughy, soggy, swampy, waterlogged, sloppy
Usage: The grass began to get squashy, and Kala Nag's feet sucked and squelched as he put them down.
Article of the Day

"Boss" Tweed

William Tweed was a US politician, now famous for his corruption, who in the 1850s gained influence in the Democratic political machine known as Tammany Hall and used it to obtain leading positions in New York City government. He appointed political cronies to key posts and gained control of the city’s treasury, from which he plundered as much as $200 million. Exposure by the press eventually led to his conviction and imprisonment, but he escaped and fled to Spain. What led to his recapture? More...
This Day in History

French Foreign Legion Founded (1831)

The French Foreign Legion is a unit of the French Army largely composed of foreigners and commanded by French officers. It was created by King Louis Phillipe in 1831 to keep potential dissidents busy fighting for France rather than against it. Because enlistment historically required no official identification, many criminals joined under assumed names to hide their unsavory backgrounds. What are the two ways foreign-born legionnaires can earn the right to apply for French citizenship? More...
Today's Birthday

Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (1844)

Sarasate was a Spanish violinist and composer. He began studying the violin with his bandmaster father at age five, and at his first public concert at age eight, he impressed a wealthy patron and was sent to study in Madrid. There, Queen Isabel II gave him the Stradivarius violin that he would play for the rest of his life. He made his Paris debut in 1860 and commenced touring the world. He wrote scores of brilliant virtuoso works, some of which are still played today. Where are his violins now? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

horse and rabbit stew

A situation comprised of both crude or unpleasant things as well those which are pleasing or beneficial, usually with the former in greater proportion to the latter. Used especially in reference to economics or business. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2017)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Lab-Grown Urethras Deemed a Success

Six years ago, scientists implanted laboratory-grown urethras, created from the patients' own cells, in five young boys with damaged urethras. Within weeks, the boys were able to urinate through the new urethras, and the grafts have since continued to function normally. This groundbreaking treatment involved taking a small sample of bladder cells from each patient, growing them in a lab, and then applying them to a biodegradable tube-shaped mesh before transplantation. Experts say this success highlights the power of cell-based therapies, which may one day be used to help cure a host of medical problems, including blindness, diabetes, and heart failure. More...
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