Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

discombobulate

Definition:(verb) To throw into a state of confusion.
Synonyms:befuddle, confound, confuse, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw
Usage: The student's surprising question discombobulated the teacher, who found herself tongue-tied for the first time in her career.
Article of the Day

Milk Sickness

Milk sickness afflicts individuals who ingest dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot, a plant with a poisonous cluster of small white flowers. It is characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain. Although rare today, such poisoning killed thousands in the early 19th century, including Abraham Lincoln's mother. A doctor first described it in 1809, but its exact cause remained elusive. According to legend, how was its cause discovered? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

late model

Especially regarding an automobile, of a relatively recent design or model. More...
Today's Holiday

USA Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention (2017)

The Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which convenes during the first week of each September, is the major business meeting of the group's boards, auxiliaries, and member churches. During the annual session, delegates deal with business issues. However, they also share Christian fellowship and, through a series of forums, explore such issues as health and wellness, social justice, and empowerment, often with emphasis on their impact on the African-American community. More...
In the News

Fifth Time's the Charm for 64-Year-Old Cuba-Florida Swimmer

After four failed attempts to make the 110-mile (177-km) swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to the US, 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to complete the crossing without a shark cage or flippers. The achievement was 35 years in the making. She made her first attempt in 1978, when she was just 28, but had to abandon it 42 hours in, after crossing 76 miles. Undeterred, she tried again and again, and after 53 hours in the water this weekend, she finally achieved her goal, sending a message that it is never too late to chase your dreams. More...
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