Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

lollygag

Definition:(verb) To waste time by puttering aimlessly; dawdle.
Synonyms:footle, hang around, mill about, tarry, loiter, lounge, lurk, linger, loaf
Usage: I spent my vacation just lollygagging around my house, but now it is time to get back to work.
Article of the Day

Wolf's Head Society

After the once-clandestine Phi Beta Kappa became an open honor society, several Yale University students founded their own secret society—the Order of the Skull and Bones—in 1832. In response to a dispute with Skull and Bones, several other Yale students founded the similarly secret Scroll and Key in 1841. A third secret society—now known as Wolf's Head—was formed in 1883. The society for senior students became co-ed when its alumni association voted to admit women in what year? More...
This Day in History

Last French Troops Leave Syria (1946)

Though France proclaimed Syria an independent republic in 1941, its troops were not withdrawn until 1946, after over 25 years of occupation. The occupation began in 1920, when the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over the Levant States—roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon. Within years, the Syrian resistance to French colonial rule became a full-scale revolt. A 1936 treaty promised Syrian independence, but it did not come to fruition. What finally brought about the occupation's end? More...
Today's Birthday

Artur Schnabel (1882)

Schnabel was an Austrian-American pianist best known for his interpretations of Beethoven's piano works. Based in Berlin from 1900 to 1933, he composed, taught, and gave legendary performances of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert for centenary celebrations. In the 1930s, he became the first to record the complete Beethoven cycle. During the Nazi period, he moved to London, then to the US. Though his own compositions are less known, they are revered by serious pianists. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are children of a large family, and must learn, as such children do, not to expect that our hurts will be made much of—to be content with little nurture and caressing, and help each other the more.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in all honesty

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Boston Marathon (2017)

The oldest footrace in the United States was first held on Patriots' Day, April 19, 1897. Organized by members of the Boston Athletic Association, the race involved only 15 runners. Nowadays the Boston Marathon draws anywhere from 7,000 to more than 9,000 official starters. The 26.2-mile course begins exactly at noon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, includes the infamous "Heartbreak Hill" (a section of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, that marks the race's 21st mile), and ends near Copley Square in the Back Bay Area. More...
In the News

Lab-Grown Kidneys Show Promise

Lab-grown human kidneys are not yet on the horizon, but researchers believe they have taken the first steps in that direction. A team from Massachusetts General Hospital has engineered rat kidneys that functioned and produced urine following implantation. Though the organs were only marginally effective, the results indicate that researchers are on the right track. To create the organs, researchers first stripped rat kidneys of their cells and then seeded the remaining collagen scaffolds with a combination of human and rat cells. More...
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