Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

deadpan

Definition:(adjective) Deliberately impassive in manner.
Synonyms:expressionless, poker-faced, unexpressive, impassive
Usage: Although he was distraught when the guilty verdict was read, his deadpan expression made it seem as though he did not care.
Article of the Day

Prepulse Inhibition

Prepulse inhibition is a neurological phenomenon in which a weaker pre-stimulus—a prepulse—inhibits the reaction of an organism to a subsequent startling stimulus. The reduction of the startle reflex reflects the ability of the nervous system to adapt to a strong sensory stimulus when a preceding weaker signal provides it advance warning. The phenomenon has been detected in numerous species, including humans. Disruption of prepulse inhibition has been reported in patients with what diseases? More...
This Day in History

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Opens in New York (1959)

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened six months after his death, the Guggenheim Museum represents a radical departure from traditional museum design, spiraling upward and outward in a smooth coil of massive, unadorned white concrete. The exhibition space, which consists of a six-story spiral ramp lighted by a glass dome supported by stainless steel, has even been criticized for upstaging the artwork displayed. For how many years did Wright work on the building? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Georg Solti (1912)

Solti was a Hungarian-born British conductor. Not long after making his piano debut at age 12, he decided he wanted to conduct. He returned to piano during WWII and won the 1942 Geneva International Competition. After the war, he began conducting again and led orchestras all over Europe and the US. As director of the Royal Opera House, he made the first full recording of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle, one of history's most celebrated recordings. How did he earn the nickname "the screaming skull"? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

get (one's) ears lowered

To get a haircut, especially to a length that reveals one's ears. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Black Christ (2016)

One legend associated with the observance of this festival in Portobelo, Panama, says that, during a cholera epidemic on the Isthmus, the people discovered a statue of a black Christ and brought it into the church. Within a few days, cholera had completely disappeared from Portobelo, even though it continued to rage elsewhere. The people of Portobelo honor El Jesús Nazarene by carrying the statue in procession on a decorated platform through the city. Pilgrims come from all over Panama, as they have for more than 300 years, to celebrate with folk dancing, music, and songs. More...
In the News

Haircut and Skin Cancer Screening Go Hand in Hand

The next time you visit your hairdresser, he may do more than make you look good— he could save your life. A survey of more than 200 Texas hair salons found that more than a third of stylists check at least half of their customers for suspicious moles on their scalps, an area that is often difficult to monitor oneself, and most have referred clients to a doctor to follow up on a worrisome growth. While some want to train hair professionals to help screen for skin cancer, opponents say that the many false alarms this would generate would unnecessarily strain the healthcare system, particularly since melanomas on the neck and scalp are quite rare. More...
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