Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 09, 2017)
Word of the Day

haggle

Definition:(verb) To bargain, as over the price of something; dicker.
Synonyms:chaffer, higgle, huckster
Usage: He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle over such a trivial item.
Article of the Day

Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is the intravenous administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. Chelating agents work by making chemical bonds with metal ions, resulting in a water-soluble complex that can enter the bloodstream and be harmlessly excreted. Introduced during World War I to treat soldiers exposed to poison gases, chelation therapy is now used to treat acute toxic metal poisoning. Some alternative medicine advocates claim it can also be used to treat what disorder? More...
This Day in History

Donald Duck Debuts in The Little Wise Hen (1934)

Clad in his signature sailor shirt and cap, the perennially pants-less cartoon character Donald Duck made his debut in Disney's The Wise Little Hen. His comically short temper and distinct voice quickly endeared him to audiences, and he became a regular character in Mickey Mouse cartoons. Donald remains quite popular in Scandinavia, as evidenced by the Christmas Eve tradition of watching a TV special featuring him. What Academy Award-winning 1943 cartoon showed Donald saluting Hitler? More...
Today's Birthday

Cole Porter (1891)

Though pushed by his grandfather to pursue law, Porter studied music at Harvard and in Paris. A gifted composer and witty lyricist, he wrote a dazzling series of successful film scores and Broadway musicals from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate. His most popular songs include "Night and Day" and "Let's Do It." A 1937 accident required him to undergo more than 30 operations, but he continued composing until 1958. Why did he stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit of it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

give (someone) an out

To provide someone with an excuse or a means of escaping (from something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Columba's Day (2017)

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More...
In the News

315000-Year-Old Fossils from Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

A team of European and Moroccan scientists has found the fossil remains of five individuals they believe are the most ancient modern humans (Homo sapiens) ever found. In a remote area of Morocco called Jebel Irhoud, in what was once a cave, the team ... More...
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