Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

braggadocio

Definition:(noun) Vain and empty boasting.
Synonyms:rodomontade, bluster
Usage: Strutting about with great show and braggadocio, he strove to impress his followers.
Article of the Day

Scotomata

A scotoma is a blind spot or area of depressed vision in the visual field, surrounded by an area of relatively normal vision. There are many types of scotomata, including central scotoma, an area of depressed vision involving the point of fixation and interfering with central vision; peripheral scotoma, an area of depressed vision toward the periphery of the visual field; and scintillating scotoma, an area of diminished vision edged by colored lights. Scintillating scotomata often precede what? More...
This Day in History

First Great Texas Oil Gusher Discovered at Spindletop (1901)

In 1892, a company was formed in Texas to investigate long-held suspicions that oil might be under an area known as Spindletop Hill. After nine years of exploratory drilling, oil was struck at a depth of 1,139 ft (347 m), resulting in the "Lucas Gusher," which blew oil more than 150 ft (46 m) in the air. The well produced an estimated 100,000 barrels per day, marking what many consider the birth of the modern petroleum industry. What now well-known companies were involved in the find? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret of Austria (1480)

Daughter of Emperor Maximilian I, Margaret was a Hapsburg princess and regent of the Netherlands. When she was three, she was betrothed to French dauphin and future King Charles VIII, who later renounced the agreement and married Anne of Brittany. In 1497, she married John of Spain—son of Ferdinand and Isabella—but he died later that year. In 1501, she married Philibert of Savoy; he died in 1504. In 1507, she was made regent of the Netherlands and guardian of what future Holy Roman Emperor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pain like mine demands new modes of song.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day (2016)

Vodoun is an ancient African pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More...
In the News

Raising the Price of Alcohol Could Cut Consumption

Excessive consumption of alcohol can cost an individual his health, but it also creates an economic burden that society must then shoulder. When people abuse alcohol, it increases public health and social service expenditures and raises the risk of traffic accidents and fatalities. Finding a way to get people to curb their alcohol consumption could therefore prove quite beneficial to governments. In Canada, it seems that simply raising prices is enough to make people cut back. For every 10% price hike in British Columbia over the past two decades, overall alcohol consumption dropped 3.4%. More...
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