Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

madcap

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation.
Synonyms:brainish, impetuous, tearaway, hotheaded, impulsive
Usage: This madcap quest of mine, was it not understood between us...to be a fantastic whim, a poetical wild-goose chase, conceived entirely as an excuse for being some time in each other's company?
Article of the Day

The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, cervical cancer patient Henrietta Lacks became—likely unknowingly—the donor of cancerous tumor cells that were cultured to create an "immortal" cell line for medical research. Named for their donor, HeLa cells can divide an unlimited number of times in a laboratory cell culture plate as long as fundamental conditions are met. The cell line has since been used in thousands of experiments, contributing to a number of scientific breakthroughs, including what? More...
This Day in History

Martyrs' Day: Riots over Sovereignty of Panama Canal Zone (1964)

Martyrs' Day is a Panamanian holiday commemorating the 1964 riots that began after a Panamanian flag was torn in a conflict between Panamanian and Canal Zone students over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the US flag. US Army units became involved in suppressing the violence, and 4 soldiers and more than 20 Panamanians were killed. The incident contributed to the US decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama. When was full control of the canal given to Panama? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Halliburton (1900)

Halliburton was an American adventurer and pioneer of adventure journalism. He liked to recreate historical and legendary feats in his travels, such as Hannibal's passage over the Alps on an elephant and Odysseus's journey around the Mediterranean, and made his living writing and lecturing about his experiences. He is, however, perhaps best known for having swum the length of the Panama Canal. He disappeared while attempting to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Today's Holiday

Black Nazarene Fiesta

The Fiesta of Quiapo District is the largest festival in Manila, Philippines. It is held each year in honor of the Quiapo District's patron saint, the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Jesus carved from blackwood, whose shrine is located in Quiapo’s baroque church. The traditional nine-day fiesta features nightly cultural events, band concerts, and fireworks. On the last day of the festival, January 9, there is a procession of barefoot men pulling a carriage that holds the 200-year-old statue on the way to Calvary. More...
In the News

Healthy Living Linked to Healthier Eyes in Old Age

People who eat healthfully, exercise regularly, and do not smoke have a significantly lower risk of age-related degenerative changes in the eyes. Combined, these factors decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by over 70 percent in a recent study. AMD is most common among people 75 and older and results in a loss of central vision that severely hampers the ability to read, recognize faces, and drive, among other things. More...
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