Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

interrogatory

Definition:(noun) Formal systematic questioning.
Synonyms:examination
Usage: The defendant refused to confess his guilt, despite the prosecutor's aggressive interrogatory.
Article of the Day

The Cigar-Box Guitar

The cigar-box guitar is a primitive, usually homemade, string instrument that uses a cigar box as a resonator. It originated in the southern US at around the time that the modern cigar box was introduced—about 1840. Other salvaged materials, such as screen wire (for strings) and broomsticks (for necks), are also often used in the making of these instruments. Recently, there has been revival of cigar-box instruments. What world-famous musicians have jumped on the cigar-box guitar bandwagon? More...
This Day in History

Crusaders Take the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (1099)

Built in the 4th century by Constantine, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem is the supposed location of Jesus' tomb. The holy site was captured and partially destroyed numerous times, and, in 1096, the First Crusade was launched in part to recapture it. In 1099, Crusaders poured into Jerusalem, killed its non-Christian population, and took the church. It was rebuilt, and has since been carefully divided among quarreling Christian factions. Who has traditionally kept the key? More...
Today's Birthday

Linda Ronstadt (1946)

Ronstadt is an American popular-music singer and record producer. She embarked on a solo career in the late 1960s and became known for her interpretations of folk songs and collaborations with artists from a diverse array of genres. She became one of the most successful female singers of the 1970s and branched out in the 80s with award-winning Spanish language albums. One of her grandfathers was an inventor who made a fortune by patenting what widely used household item? More...
Quotation of the Day
Can there be hope where fear is?

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

jaw away

To talk incessantly and/or at great length. More...
Today's Holiday

Rondo Days Celebration (2017)

The Rondo Days Celebration launched in 1983 as a showcase for the rich African-American culture and heritage of the Rondo community in St. Paul, Minnesota, which was destroyed in the 1960s by the construction of the I-94 freeway. A celebration of multi-cultural food, art, music, and activities, it now draws up to 35,000 visitors a year. Other highlights include a community parade, a free dinner honoring the community's senior citizens, and a five-kilometer fun walk and run. There also is an annual, hotly contested drill-team competition drawing squads from across the country. More...
In the News

Cranberries: Bladder Protector or Old Wives' Tale?

For women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections, cranberries may be the answer. It turns out that the tart red berries can help prevent such infections by decreasing bacterial adherence to the walls of the bladder and urethra for up to eight hours after ingestion. Cranberry juice appears to be more effective than cranberry-containing supplements in this regard. However, there are some drawbacks to using the juice as a preventative measure. For example, cranberry juice has a high sugar content and is therefore fairly caloric. More...
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