Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

do-gooder

Definition:(noun) Someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms.
Synonyms:humanitarian, improver
Usage: A do-gooder to the core, she spends all of her free time and nearly all of her money helping the homeless.
Article of the Day

The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan diamond, the largest gem diamond ever discovered, weighed about 3,106 carats when it was found in 1905 in Transvaal, South Africa. Named for the mine’s owner, Thomas Cullinan, the gem was purchased by the Transvaal government and presented to King Edward VII. It was reportedly sent to England by regular parcel post while a decoy was transported by boat. It was cut into nine large stones and about 100 smaller ones; the largest, the Cullinan I, was polished and mounted on what? More...
This Day in History

Ötzi the Iceman Is Discovered by German Tourists (1991)

In 1991, two hikers discovered a well-preserved corpse trapped in ice near the border between Austria and Italy. It proved to be that of a man who lived about 5,300 years ago—making it the oldest natural mummy ever found. He was nicknamed Ötzi, for the Ötztal Alps where he was found. Also recovered were clothes, shoes, tools, weapons, fire-starting materials, and medicine. Scientists have since determined that Ötzi ate about eight hours before his death. What did he eat, and how did he die? More...
Today's Birthday

Lajos Kossuth (1802)

Now considered a national hero, Kossuth was a Hungarian revolutionary who favored dissolving the union between the Hungarian and Austrian crowns. The fiery orator was a principal figure of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. Appointed provisional governor, he soon became virtual dictator. In 1849, Russian armies intervened in favor of Austria, forcing him to resign. He fled to Turkey and later to Italy, where he watched as Hungary reconciled with the Austrian monarchy. What did he do while in exile? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is like a rich stone,—best plain set.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be left in the lurch

To be left or abandoned without assistance in a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. (Sometimes written as "left in a lurch.") More...
Today's Holiday

St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day (2017)

Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the West Indies in the Leeward Islands. In 1782, the British took permanent control over the islands; the islands, along with nearby Anguilla, were united in 1882. Anguilla seceded in 1980, and Saint Kitts and Nevis gained independence on September 19, 1983. Every year, the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrate Independence Day on September 19. Various celebrations take place across the islands on this day, including a cultural program of dance, live music, local food, and traditional displays. More...
In the News

Apples and Pears May Help Prevent Stroke

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and according to researchers, it could also help prevent strokes. A 10-year study of more than 20,000 adults found that those who eat the most white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, like apples, pears, bananas, and cauliflower, as much as halve their stroke risk. For every 25 grams of white fruits and vegetables consumed each day, there was a 9 percent decrease in the risk of stroke. No such link was found between stroke incidence and green, orange/yellow, or red/purple produce. More...
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