Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

waffle

Definition:(verb) Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness.
Synonyms:hesitate, waver
Usage: The mayoral candidate waffled on his position regarding abortion and gay rights.
Article of the Day

Bird Banding

Bird banding is the practice of attaching small, individually numbered tags to the legs or wings of wild birds so that they may be identified and studied in the future. Information gleaned from banding includes data about migration, longevity, mortality, population, territoriality, and other aspects of avian life. The practice of marking birds dates back to the 3rd century BCE, but doing so for scientific purposes only began in 1899. What surprising facts have been learned through banding? More...
This Day in History

Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union (1921)

When Poland declared its independence in 1918 in the aftermath of WWI, its borders—like many at that time—were not formally determined. By 1920, war had broken out over conflicting expansionist attempts between Soviet Russia and Poland, which wanted its 1772 border restored. The Peace of Riga treaty split contested land between Poland and the Soviets, setting the border and effectively halting Russian expansion into Europe. Where were Poles left on the wrong side of the border sent in the 1930s? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hoyer Updike (1932)

Updike was a prolific American author whose novels and stories usually deal with the tensions and frustrations of middle-class life. Published between 1961 and 1990, his four famous "Rabbit" novels follow an ordinary American man through the latter decades of the 20th century. Updike is one of the few authors to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction more than once. He was also a respected literary critic who championed young authors and espoused what five rules for literary criticism? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. More...
Today's Holiday

Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic (2017)

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later. More...
In the News

Secondhand Smoke Harms Fetal Development

Smoking during pregnancy is widely known to increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and a range of serious birth defects, but the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy receive less attention, despite the fact that it increases the risk of many of these complications as well. Researchers found that exposure to smoke at work or home increased the risk of stillbirth by 23% and of having a baby with congenital defects by 13%. Thus, it is important that expectant fathers who smoke either quit or only partake of cigarettes away from their pregnant partners. More...
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