Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

abiogenesis

Definition:(noun) The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter.
Synonyms:spontaneous generation, autogenesis, autogeny
Usage: Early notions of abiogenesis, now considered incorrect, held that living organisms generate from decaying organic substances, like maggots from meat.
Article of the Day

Hypertrichosis

Hypertrichosis, commonly known as “Werewolf syndrome,” is an extremely rare condition that results in the excess growth of body hair. The syndrome can be generalized across the body or localized to a specific area and ranges from mild to severe. Hypertrichosis is believed to result from genetic factors and is rarely found in its severe form. Those who are strongly affected often display excessive, animal-like hair on the face and body. What is the cure for congenital hypertrichosis? More...
This Day in History

The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707)

Celebrated English Admiral Cloudesley Shovell was returning from an abortive attack on Toulon, France, in 1707 when his ship and several others struck rocks off the Scilly Islands, southwest of England. In one of the greatest maritime disasters in British history, Shovell is believed to have drowned along with as many as 2,000 sailors. According to one of the many legends about the disaster, Shovell reached the shore alive, only to be murdered by a woman who stole what priceless object from him? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Lessing (1919)

Lessing was a British writer and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Iran, she moved with her family to a farm in what was Southern Rhodesia in 1924 and lived there until 1949, when she settled in England and began her writing career. Her work often addresses social and political themes, particularly the place of women in society. The Golden Notebook, her most widely read novel, is considered a feminist classic, although Lessing herself said what about feminists? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) hand out

To be in request, demand, or expectation of benefits, such as welfare, especially when undeserved or unneeded. More...
Today's Holiday

Hi Matsuri (2016)

Early on the evening of October 22, people light bonfires along the narrow street leading to the Kuramadera Shrine in Kurama, a village in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan. Fire is a purifying element according to Shinto, and the village is believed to be protected from accidents on this night. Soon after dusk, people light torches: even babies are allowed to carry tiny torches made out of twigs. Young men carry large torches—sometimes, it takes several men to keep them upright. As they walk through the streets, everyone chants rhythmically, "Sai-rei! Sai-ryo!" ("Festival, good festival!") More...
In the News

Study: First-Born Child Usually The Smartest

A new study finds that the first-born child is usually the smartest. Researchers from the University of Leipzig reveal that every successive child has a lower IQ than the last, according to The Telegragh. The study's findings show that younger siblings are ... More...
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