Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

poltroon

Definition:(noun) An abject coward.
Synonyms:craven, recreant
Usage: What a miserable little poltroon had fear, engendered of unjust punishment, made of me in those days.
Article of the Day

Sarah Winnemucca: Woman of Two Worlds

Winnemucca was the first Native American woman to publish a book in English. Her autobiographical Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883) describes her people's early encounters with white settlers. This includes her experiences as an interpreter for the US Army, a role she took on in hopes of securing fair treatment of her people and keeping the peace. She tried, but failed, to get a permanent reservation for the Paiute. What was her original name, and what does it mean? More...
This Day in History

"Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" (1901)

While speaking at the 1901 Minnesota State Fair, US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt used the proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Four days later, President McKinley was shot, and, after McKinley died on the 14th, Roosevelt became president. The statement he made in Minnesota became forever associated with his foreign policy of backing up negotiations with implicit military might, and political cartoons often portrayed him toting the proverbial stick. What is the rest of the saying? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Soddy (1877)

Working with Ernest Rutherford, Soddy developed a theory of the disintegration of radioactive elements. In 1912, the British chemist was among the first to conclude that elements might exist in chemically indistinguishable forms—now known as isotopes—of different atomic weights. In his 1920 book Science and Life, he described the use of isotopes in determining geologic age. He later applied his scientific background to economic theories. What H.G. Wells novel was inspired by his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

be (one's) last resort

To be the only remaining thing or person that may help one or be of any use after all other options have been exhausted. More...
Today's Holiday

Cherokee National Holiday (2017)

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the establishment of the Cherokee Nation. There is a rodeo, a native dance competition, a powwow, and a parade with colorful floats and Cherokees in ceremonial dress. Native American arts and crafts are on display, and visitors can sample Native American foods. Games and sports at the festival include a golf tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a cornstalk shoot, a blowgun shoot, and a traditional Indian marble game. More...
In the News

Measles-Like Virus Likely Behind Dolphin Deaths

Scientists believe they have finally figured out what is causing the extensive dolphin die-off along the US east coast: a measles-like virus. In the past two months, more than 300 bottlenose dolphins have washed up dead or dying on beaches stretching from New York to North Carolina, about 10 times the average for this period. An outbreak of cetacean morbillivirus, which suppresses the immune system and leaves those affected vulnerable to other diseases, is thought to be responsible for the "unusual mortality event," as it has been designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More...
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