Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

turndown

Definition:(noun) The act of refusing an offer.
Synonyms:nonacceptance
Usage: The turndown was polite but very firm, leaving no doubt that Roger thought our salary proposal was insufficient.
Article of the Day

Human Mail

Traveling by mail is both dangerous and illegal, yet several people throughout history braved the risks anyway. One famous case was that of Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped slavery in 1849 by shipping himself to an area of the US where slavery had been outlawed. Just a few years ago, a man escaped a German prison by mail. Though it is fairly rare in actuality, scenarios involving human mail frequently appear in works of fiction. What children's book features a protagonist who travels by mail? More...
This Day in History

Miles Davis's Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)

Recorded in just two sessions in the spring of 1959, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is widely considered to be one of the most important jazz albums ever produced. Davis assembled a group of talented musicians—including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Bill Evans—and gave them minimal instructions before recording. Possibly the best-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue is notable for having left out something considered to be the backbone of earlier jazz composition—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mae West (1893)

West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I'm No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. What was dubbed a "Mae West" during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Circus, n.: A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women, and children acting the fool.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

know every trick in the book

To be aware of or knowledgeable in every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. More...
Today's Holiday

Gabon Independence Day (2017)

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More...
In the News

Possible Vaccine Cure for Juvenile Diabetes

Experts are divided on the significance of the results of an early-stage trial investigating a cure for type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, but the researchers say that a tuberculosis vaccine in use since 1921 could be the key. Treatment with the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine appeared to reverse the disease and temporarily restore insulin production in patients who had been diabetic for as many as 15 years. The effects of the treatment lasted about one week. Researchers believe that the vaccine does this by destroying rogue immune cells that attack insulin-producing cells. More...
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