Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

bootless

Definition:(adjective) Unproductive of success.
Synonyms:fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain
Usage: He would like to have done with life and its vanity altogether—so bootless and unsatisfactory the struggle, so cheerless and dreary the prospect seemed to him.
Article of the Day

Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, learning, and the arts. As the goddess of knowledge both earthly and divine, she is considered to be the "Mother of the Vedas," the oldest scriptures in Hinduism. She is also the consort of Brahma, creator of the universe. She is usually depicted wearing all white and is either seated on a lotus or riding a swan. Unlike some goddesses—such as Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth—Saraswati is depicted with modest clothes and little jewelry. Why? More...
This Day in History

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as President of France (1969)

A celebrated general and statesman, de Gaulle was elected first president of France's Fifth Republic—a system of government with broad executive powers—in 1959. He helped write the constitution and pushed for direct popular election of the president. The mass civil unrest of May 1968 by students and workers almost toppled his government, and in 1969 de Gaulle was defeated in a referendum on constitutional amendments and resigned. He died just a year later. Whom did he bar from his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelle Harper Lee (1926)

The daughter of an Alabama lawyer, Lee studied law before publishing her first and only novel in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a white lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, immediately found national acclaim. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was adapted for film the next year. Though her novel is still widely read, Lee has largely stayed out of the spotlight. What did she write in response to a school board's decision to ban her novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in order that

So that; with the particular aim or purpose of. More...
Today's Holiday

Penn Relay Carnival (2017)

The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field event in the United States. The first relay meet held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia was on April 21, 1895, but even back then the tents and atmosphere contributed to its reputation as a carnival rather than just a series of races. Since that time, the Penn Relays have served as a springboard for athletes who later went on to win Olympic medals. It is also a breeding ground for rising track and field stars, with more than 700 high school teams and 180 college teams participating. More...
In the News

Friends and Family Often Enable Prescription Drug Abuse

As the prescription drug abuse problem becomes more pervasive, health agencies are working hard to raise awareness of the dangers lurking in people's medicine cabinets and of the importance of properly disposing of medications so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. It appears they have their work cut out for them. Data show that more than 70 percent of prescription drug abusers in the US obtain the drugs from friends or relatives. Surprisingly, only 5 percent of abusers actually steal the drugs from these sources. About 11 percent purchase the pills from family and friends, but most get the drugs for free from these same sources. More...
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