Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

whimsical

Definition:(adjective) Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason.
Synonyms:capricious, impulsive
Usage: He had an offbeat, whimsical sense of humor.
Article of the Day

Goiters

A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland that can lead to a prominent swelling in the front of the neck—sometimes nearly doubling its size. While the thyroid normally weighs 0.5 to 0.9 oz (15 to 25 g), goitrous thyroid glands can grow to more than 2 lb (1,000 g) and may interfere with breathing and swallowing and cause a choking feeling. A goiter can be caused by underproduction or overproduction of hormones, but endemic goiter, the most common type, results from a deficiency of what? More...
This Day in History

Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1972)

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan. He was the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after the war, before Hiroo Onoda and Teruo Nakamura. What did Yokoi allegedly say upon his return? More...
Today's Birthday

Hadrian (76 CE)

The nephew of Roman emperor Trajan, Hadrian became emperor when he was adopted and named successor just before Trajan's death, after years of intrigue. After executing his senatorial opponents and abandoning many of Trajan's conquests, he began to travel widely, and many of his accomplishments were related to his visits abroad, including the beginning of construction of Hadrian's Wall. The wall is one of the largest and most significant remains of the Roman occupation of what area? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

farmer's tan

A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered. More...
Today's Holiday

Jizo Ennichi (2016)

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or "Buddha-to-be." Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well. More...
In the News

Woman Gets Voice Back after 11 Years

A 52-year-old woman in California has become the second person ever to receive a larynx transplant, allowing her to finally speak without the assistance of an electronic device for the first time since a breathing tube permanently damaged her airway 11 years ago. Two weeks after the 18-hour surgery to replace her larynx, thyroid, and a portion of her trachea, she was able to speak. Because the signature sound of an individual's voice is formed not only by the larynx but by the vocal tract and the various structures in the mouth, her voice is her own and not the donor's. More...
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