Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 02, 2014)
Word of the Day

peccadillo

Definition:(noun) A petty misdeed.
Synonyms:indiscretion
Usage: I have stayed with my husband for the sake of our children, but I can tolerate his frequent peccadilloes no longer.
Article of the Day

Starbucks

The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle in 1971 by two teachers and a writer who wanted to sell high-quality coffee beans and machines. Today, there are about 8,569 locations worldwide. Starbucks' immense popularity has sparked controversy, with some criticizing its fair-trade policies, labor relations, and environmental impact, and holding it as a paragon of what they see as US cultural and economic imperialism. What are the origins of the Starbucks name and logo? More...
This Day in History

As the World Turns Premieres (1956)

Soap operas began in the early 1930s as 15-minute radio episodes and continued in that format when they began appearing on TV in the early 1950s. As the World Turns premiered as the first half-hour TV soap. The show, which primarily focused on two professional families in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, ran for 54 years and aired nearly 14,000 episodes. For 20 of those years, it was most-watched daytime drama in the US. What interrupted a live broadcast of the show in 1963? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile François Zola (1840)

Zola was the founder of French naturalism, a literary school that maintained that novel-writing should be scientific, appraising reality in terms of natural forces such as heredity or environment. Inspired by his readings in sociology and medicine, he applied his theory in a vast series of novels in which the characters are impartially observed and presented in minute, often sordid, detail. Zola also had an ardent zeal for social reform. He died in his sleep under what suspicious circumstances? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

I take it

I imagine this is the case; I presume it to be true (that); it is my understanding (that). More...
Today's Holiday

International Children's Book Day (2017)

This day, which is observed by countries all over the world, is held on Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, because the Danish author's stories have been favorites among children of all nationalities. Celebrations include contests in which children illustrate their favorite books. Every two years the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen medals, which are awarded to a children's book author and a children's book illustrator for their contributions to children's literature. More...
In the News

Cocoa Extract Linked to Heart Health

Mars, Inc., maker of M&M's, Snickers, Twix, and various other chocolaty confections, is partnering with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study whether flavanols in cocoa can boost heart health and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies indicate that cocoa flavanols improve blood pressure, cholesterol, artery health, and other cardiologic measures. But don't go gorging yourself on candy bars just yet; the flavanols are often destroyed when cocoa is processed. Thus, flavanol capsules rather than chocolate bars are the preferred delivery method and will be used throughout the course of the four-year study. More...
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