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

London Underground Begins Operation (1863)

The world's first subway line opened in London in 1863. It was 3.75 mi (6 km) long and soon carried tens of thousands of passengers each day—transporting 9.5 million in its first year. Initially steam-powered, the system first electrified some of its lines in 1890. By 1896, it was fully electrified. Today, the London Underground system is one of the largest in the world, with 256 miles (410 km) of track and 270 stations. How many passengers did it carry on January 10, 1863? More...
Today's Birthday

George Edward Foreman (1949)

A high school dropout, Foreman learned to box in the Job Corps. He won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1968 and beat Joe Frazier for the world heavyweight crown in 1973. He won all 40 of his professional bouts—many by knockout—before losing to Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle." He retired to be a minister in 1977 but launched a comeback in 1987 and became the world's oldest heavyweight champ in 1994. After naming his first four sons "George," what did Foreman name his fifth son? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pain like mine demands new modes of song.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

hoist by (one's) own petard

To be injured, ruined, or defeated by one's own action, device, or plot that was intended to harm another; to have fallen victim to one's own trap or schemes. (Note: "hoist" in this instance is the simple past-tense of the archaic form of the verb, "hoise.") More...
Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day (2017)

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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