Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

malinger

Definition:(verb) To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
Synonyms:skulk
Usage: To make sure that employees do not malinger, the boss insists that all workers submit a doctor's note when they return to work after calling in sick.
Article of the Day

The 51st State

In American politics, the phrase "51st state" is used to refer to a territory that might be considered for inclusion in the US. With about 600,000 residents, the District of Columbia is regarded as a potential candidate, as is Puerto Rico, which is currently a self-governing commonwealth of the US. The term is also sometimes used to disparage a country that is perceived to be under American influence or to be too Americanized. Which US state has the right to divide itself into multiple states? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

laze about

To relax or spend time idly; to do nothing or very little. More...
Today's Holiday

Eastern States Exposition (2017)

Also known as The Big E, the Eastern States Exposition is an agricultural and industrial fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by all six New England states. The exposition is known for its Avenue of the States, where each New England state has erected a permanent replica of its original State House. The livestock show is the largest in the East, and the Eastern States Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian events in the country. The exposition also features a parade, a circus, and international exhibits. More...
In the News

Shirley the Orangutan Kicks the Habit

Shirley is a 20-year-old orangutan, and she is being forced to quit smoking. Authorities seized her from the state-run zoo in Johor, Malaysia, after she and several other animals there were deemed to be living in poor conditions. She is thought to have learned to smoke by mimicking people who were smoking around her and was often observed smoking cigarettes lit and thrown into her enclosure by zoo visitors. Shirley is now being quarantined at another zoo and is not being provided with any more cigarettes. More...
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