Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

nursemaid

Definition:(noun) A woman who is the custodian of children.
Synonyms:nanny
Usage: The parks were full of children and nursemaids and joyful dogs that leaped and yelped and scratched up the brown earth with their paws.
Article of the Day

Superfluid

With the lowest melting and boiling points of any known substance, helium—alone among the elements—will not solidify even as its temperature approaches absolute zero. Instead, it takes on extremely unusual physical properties, as physicists discovered in 1937. It becomes a superfluid. With zero entropy, zero viscosity, and extremely high thermal conductivity, superfluid helium can overcome friction to climb out of an open jar. What does superfluid helium do if placed in a rotating container? More...
This Day in History

Louis XVI of France Is Guillotined (1793)

Louis XVI was the king of France during the complex sociopolitical conflict that culminated in the French Revolution, but he was shy, dull, and corpulent and lacked the leadership skills necessary for the job. During the revolution, he was caught attempting to flee the Tuileries palace in disguise, and when proof of his counterrevolutionary actions emerged, he was tried for treason and beheaded. It is said that while his blood dripped to the ground, many in the crowd ran forward to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

John Bodkin Adams (1899)

Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model for what other serial-killer doctor? More...
Quotation of the Day
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

honest to Pete

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "Pete" here is a substitution of the word "God," so as to avoid potential blasphemy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia (Dominican Republic) (2017)

A cloth painting of the Virgin Mary is the focus of a yearly celebration in the Dominican Republic. It was painted by a Spanish artist and brought to the island nation in the early 1500s. The portrait, crowned by a gold and silver tiara by Pope John Paul II in 1978, is located in a basilica in the city of Higuey, in the Altagracia province. Every year on January 21, thousands of pilgrims visit the Higuey cathedral to worship. The feast day is a national holiday; it is marked by all-night church services, singing, dancing, and festivals in many Dominican towns. More...
In the News

One in 25 US Teens Attempts Suicide

Sadly, about one in 25 US teens has planned or attempted suicide, and about three times that number have contemplated suicide. While most youths who have suicidal ideations never act on them, too many still do, and suicide remains the third leading cause of death in the US for people ages 10 to 24. Most teens with suicidal behaviors receive some form of mental health treatment, and more than half actually begin treatment prior to the onset of suicidal behavior. It is therefore imperative that mental health professionals find ways to identify those who will actually move on from ideation to attempting suicide and develop effective prevention methods. More...
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