Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

meager

Definition:(adjective) Deficient in amount or quality or extent.
Synonyms:scrimpy, stingy
Usage: So meager were their trappings that they were practically naked; a fact that was in no way remarkable among the tillers of the fields of Mars.
Article of the Day

The Spleen

Located under the diaphragm on the left side of the abdominal cavity, the spleen is the organ that filters out old red blood cells and foreign organisms infecting the bloodstream. Ordinarily, the spleen's manufacture of red blood cells is taken over by bone marrow after birth, but if bone marrow breaks down, the spleen reverts to its fetal function. When additional blood is needed, the spleen contracts, forcing stored blood into circulation. Why does the spleen sometimes need to be removed? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday Fires in Victoria, Australia (1939)

One of Australia's worst natural disasters took place in January 1939, when bushfires broke out in the state of Victoria. Over the course of several days, fires burned nearly 5 million acres of land, killing 71 people, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and ravaging entire towns. An extremely hot and dry summer had preceded the fires, and the day they broke out, temperatures in Melbourne soared to a record 114.1 °F (45.6 °C). How long was it before the city had a hotter day than that? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Tucker (1884)

Tucker was a Russian-born American singer and entertainer who began performing vaudeville as a child, singing ragtime melodies in blackface. She later abandoned the makeup but continued in the African-American style, helping popularize the songs of black composers. Known for her racy songs, she enjoyed great success on tour and went on to appear in several stage and movie musicals but was best known as a nightclub torch singer. In her later years, she was billed under what moniker? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Today's Holiday

Togo National Liberation Day (2016)

On January 13, 1967, Togo president Nicolas Grunitzky was overthrown by Gnassingbé Eyadema, who remained president of Togo until 2005. He was succeeded by his son, Faure Gnassingbé. To celebrate National Liberation Day, the Togo military joins with civilian bands to mount several colorful parades in the city of Lomé. Dissident groups have long opposed the celebrations, noting that January 13, 1963, saw the assassination of the nation's first president, Sylvanus Olympio. In 2008, President Gnassingbé called for an end to the public celebrations on National Liberation Day. More...
In the News

Young Female Chimps Play Differently than Males

After observing the Kanyawara group of chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda for more than a decade, researchers have concluded that differences in their play behavior may be gender-driven. Over a hundred instances of young female chimpanzees playing with sticks as though they were dolls were observed over the years. This sort of behavior was very rarely observed in young males. They typically used sticks as weapons, shaking them to intimidate playmates. More...
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