Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

abridge

Definition:(verb) Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements.
Synonyms:abbreviate, shorten, contract, reduce, cut
Usage: I write with so much difficulty, the cold is so severe, I am so fearful of being detected and consigned to an underground cell and total darkness, that I must abridge this narrative.
Article of the Day

EURion Constellation

The EURion constellation is a pattern of five small yellow, green, or orange circles repeated across areas of a banknote. The technical details of the EURion constellation are top secret, but it is known to help software programs detect a banknote in a digital image so that users cannot produce counterfeit bills. Some programs not only abort attempts to access images of banknotes but also direct the user to a website about counterfeiting laws. What currencies feature the EURion constellation? More...
This Day in History

District of Columbia Established as US Capital (1790)

Adopted in 1787, the US Constitution allowed for the establishment of a capital city that could govern itself, but it did not stipulate a location. While it was agreed that the capital should not be in any one state, its placement was hotly debated. In 1790, Congress struck a compromise between the North and South, establishing a capital on the Potomac River. The exact location was chosen by President George Washington. District residents were unable to vote in presidential elections until when? More...
Today's Birthday

Ginger Rogers (1911)

Rogers was an Oscar-winning American actress and dancer—most notably as Fred Astaire's partner. Their first appearance together was in 1933's Flying Down to Rio. Though they were not given star billing, they stole the show and went on to make nine more films together. Rogers also starred in several non-musical roles and, by 1945, was one of the highest paid performers in Hollywood. She was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1992. Why were parts of the event prohibited from being televised? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

snatch (someone) from the jaws of death

To rescue someone at the last moment from near or certain death. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa del Redentore (2017)

Festa del Redentore, or Feast of the Redeemer, is celebrated in Venice, Italy. It marks the end of the plague in the late 16th century, when the people of Venice dedicated a church on Giudecca Island to Jesus the Redeemer and vowed to visit it every year. They continue to keep their promise by building a bridge of boats across the Giudecca and Grand canals, across which worshippers can walk back and forth during the celebration. During the festival the cafes, canals, and the church are decorated with lights. When the bridge of boats closes around nine o'clock, a fireworks display begins. More...
In the News

Gene Therapy Helps Kids with Rare Diseases

Researchers have used pioneering gene therapy techniques to treat two different genetic diseases, one that causes progressive paralysis and mental regression and another that leaves patients vulnerable to infections, cancers, autoimmune disorders, and excessive bleeding. In all, six children—three with metachromatic leukodystrophy and three with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome—received the life-altering treatment, which involved "infecting" their bone marrow cells with viruses modified to carry healthy versions of the defective genes. It has been three years since the trials began, and so far, the treatment appears to have been effective. More...
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