Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

insouciance

Definition:(noun) Blithe lack of concern; nonchalance.
Synonyms:carefreeness, lightheartedness, lightsomeness
Usage: He replied with characteristic insouciance, "So what?"
Article of the Day

The Bengal Famine of 1943

The Bengal Famine took place in the midst of WWII in British-occupied Bengal, now Bangladesh, and parts of eastern India. What distinguished the year of 1943 was not that rice production fell dramatically, but rather that food prices soared while wages stagnated. It has been called a "man-made famine" because, according to some, the occupying British both exacerbated it with their actions and failed to provide relief. How many people are estimated to have died from starvation due to the famine? More...
This Day in History

World's Tallest Roller Coaster Opens in New Jersey (2005)

Reaching a height of 456 feet (139 m) and with a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h), the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, New Jersey, became the tallest and the fastest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 2005. It took both titles from Cedar Point park's Top Thrill Dragster, which was designed by the same company and is nearly identical. Kingda Ka lost its title as the world's fastest roller coaster in 2010 to what attraction? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Rousseau (1844)

Rousseau was an entirely self-taught French painter. He held a minor post as a tax collector in Paris for more than 20 years before retiring to paint at the age of 49. His work remained consistently naive and imaginative and was often ridiculed. It was only after his death that Rousseau gained recognition as an artistic genius. Though he never left France or saw a jungle, he is best known for his paintings of lush, tropical scenes and wild animals. What was his inspiration for the exotic scenes? More...
Quotation of the Day
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

keep the lid on (something)

To quash or suppress something; to control something so as to keep it from flourishing, increasing, or succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

Kingsburg Swedish Festival (2017)

This festival pays tribute to the Swedish heritage of Kingsburg, California. The event began in 1924 as a luncheon to commemorate the midsummer celebration of the harvest in Sweden. Today it's a full-fledged festival running from Thursday through Sunday of the third weekend in May and attracts about 25,000 visitors. Traditional Swedish costumes are worn, and Swedish food is eaten—Swedish pancakes, Swedish pea soup, a smorgasbord. Events include a Parade of Trolls, raising of the May Pole, folk dancing, arts and crafts displays, a horse trot, and live entertainment. More...
In the News

Marijuana May Help Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic degenerative disease of the central nervous system that often results in spasticity, or excessive muscle tightness. Patients have long claimed that smoking marijuana helps ease these painful muscle cramps, and now evidence from a recent clinical trial supports these claims. Spasticity decreased by about 30 percent when participants smoked marijuana, and perceived pain was cut in half. Still, researchers say that the short-term cognitive effects of marijuana use, combined with the fact that MS patients may be at greater risk for long-term cognitive effects, are cause for concern. More...
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