Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

thieve

Definition:(verb) To steal (someone's possessions).
Synonyms:cop, glom, snitch, knock off, hook
Usage: The unscrupulous but skilled pickpocket thieved no fewer than a dozen wallets on even the slowest day.
Article of the Day

Johann Reichhart

Born into a family of professional executioners, Reichhart executed about 3,000 people in Germany during his career, which began in 1924. Most of the people he dispatched were convicted of political crimes under the Nazi regime. He was later employed to help execute Nazi war criminals by hanging. Said to have been a lonely man who sought to execute the condemned as quickly as possible to shorten their suffering, he reportedly preferred what method of execution? More...
This Day in History

Italian Public Administrator Enrico Mattei Dies in Plane Crash (1962)

After World War II, Mattei was given the task of dismantling the Italian Petroleum Agency, a Fascist state enterprise. Instead, Mattei enlarged and reorganized it into the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI), or National Fuel Trust. Under his direction, ENI developed large deposits of natural gas in Italy and negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East. Mattei became a powerful figure in Italy before he died in a plane crash in 1962. What conspiracy theories exist about his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Sylvia Plath (1932)

American poet Sylvia Plath excelled as a writer from an early age and published her first poem at eight. She attempted suicide while in college but underwent electroshock treatment and seemingly recovered from her breakdown. In 1956, she wed poet Ted Hughes, whom she met while attending Cambridge on a Fulbright grant. Shortly after they separated in 1962, Plath committed suicide. Her literary reputation grew rapidly after her death, and she became the first poet to win what prize posthumously? More...
Quotation of the Day
One quality may be the contrary of another; thus justice is the contrary of injustice, whiteness of blackness, and so on.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone's) back

To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case he or she needs assistance. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Independence and Thanksgiving Day (2016)

A group of islands in the West Indies, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence from Britain on October 27, 1979, and its citizens celebrate their freedom with this national holiday. More...
In the News

Fecal Transplants Cure Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile is one of hundreds of species of bacteria normally living in the human intestinal tract, but when the other species are wiped out, it can overwhelm the gut, causing severe diarrhea and even death. C. difficile is difficult to cure, as the very thing that often creates the problem—antibiotics—is also the standard treatment. Fecal transplants may hold the key to restoring bacterial balance. Researchers hope to eliminate the "ick factor," as well as the risk of transmitting infections, by identifying which fecal bacteria are needed to clear up C. difficile and then growing them in a lab instead of using actual fecal matter. More...
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