Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

ill-fated

Definition:(adjective) Marked by or promising bad fortune.
Synonyms:ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky, doomed
Usage: Freed after months of captivity, the aid workers are relieved to have survived their ill-fated trip abroad.
Article of the Day

Philip II of Macedon

Philip II was king of Macedonia from 359 to 336 BCE. He was originally appointed regent for his nephew but seized the throne for himself, ruthlessly suppressing all opposition. After reorganizing his army and training it in the effective Theban phalanx formation, he launched an ambitious program of expansion by conquest and diplomacy. In 338 BCE, Philip defeated Athens and Thebes, becoming leader of all of Greece and creating a league of states united against Persia. Who was Philip’s famous son? More...
This Day in History

Kapp Putsch Briefly Ousts Weimar Republic Government (1920)

The fledgling Weimar Republic was just a year old when a renegade right-wing military unit made the first serious coup attempt. The government had tried to disband the unit to comply with the Versailles Treaty—which limited military power in Germany—so the brigade took Berlin. The legitimate regime fled, and Wolfgang Kapp, a radical civil servant, formed a new government. Within days, the coup collapsed and the former regime returned, thanks to a massive swell of support from whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham "Al" Jaffee (1921)

A regular contributor to Mad for more than 55 years, Jaffee is the satirical magazine's longest-running contributor, as both an illustrator and writer. Since 1964, only one issue has been published without new material from Jaffee, now in his 90s. He created some of the magazine's most popular features, such as blueprint-style inventions and his famous "fold-ins"—which he continues to draw by hand. Before joining Mad, Jaffee worked with what then-unknown comic book pioneer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man...No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

I suppose (so)

An expression of vague affirmation or assent. More...
Today's Holiday

Holi (2017)

Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: people smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, and personal differences are ignored. Bhang, an intoxicating drink made from the same plant that produces marijuana, is imbibed, and revelry reigns. The name of the festival derives from the name of the wicked Holika. On the night before the festival, images of Holika are burned on huge bonfires. More...
In the News

Preserving Future Fertility of Kids with Cancer

One of the unfortunate side-effects of many cancer treatments is that they destroy reproductive cells along with cancer cells, costing patients their ability to have children later in life. While young adults are able to bank sperm and eggs for future use, children diagnosed prior to puberty do not have this opportunity. Now, however, doctors are working on developing ways to bank immature testicular cells and ovarian tissue for these patients’ later use. In doing so, doctors face certain unique challenges, like figuring out how long ovarian follicles can be frozen and remain viable and what to do about possible cancer cells lurking among harvested reproductive cells. More...
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