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Definition: (noun) The part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea, having walls of cartilage and muscle and containing the vocal cords enveloped in folds of mucous membrane.
Synonyms:voice box
Usage:By cunning operations on tongue, throat, larynx, and nasal cavities a man's whole enunciation and manner of speech could be changed. Discuss.

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Body Worlds

Gunther von Hagens's Body Worlds, a traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, has been the subject of controversy since it opened in Tokyo in 1995. Developers claim that the exhibit uses only specimens from willing donors and is intended to educate laymen about the human body, but some see the project as denigrating the deceased, and religious groups have voiced objections to the public exhibition of human corpses. What technique is used to preserve the human tissue? More... Discuss

This Day in History


The Orangeburg Massacre (1968)

In the Orangeburg massacre, local police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowd of about 200 people protesting segregation, killing three students and injuring 27 others. Although the incident predated the Kent State shootings and Jackson State killings and was the first incident of its kind on a US college campus, the Orangeburg Massacre received relatively little media coverage. On that day, the demonstrators were gathered to protest the segregation of what type of facility? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Kate Chopin (1851)

A St. Louis, Missouri, native, Chopin moved to Louisiana when she married at the age of 20. After her husband passed away, she returned to St. Louis and began her professional writing career. Now considered a forerunner of 20th-century feminist authors, Chopin gained attention with her many short stories featuring Creole tales and New Orleans culture but virtually stopped publishing after her novel The Awakening was heavily criticized on what grounds? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss


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adj. Relating to, having, or producing different optical imaging effects along mutually perpendicular radii
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Today's Holiday


Hobart Royal Regatta

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an aquatic carnival that includes sailing, rowing, and swimming events, as well as fireworks and parades. It is a holiday in Tasmania, Australia, and is held on the Derwint River in early February during Australia's summer season. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state. A similar holiday in northern Tasmania is observed on the first Monday in November and is called Recreation Day. More... Discuss


Idiom of the Day

bald-faced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise his or her mendacity. More... Discuss