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

Michael Servetus Is Burned at the Stake (1553)

When his views were condemned by theologians of the Reformation as well as those of the Catholic Church, Servetus, a Spanish theologian, assumed a new name and began studying medicine. He became known for his ability in dissection and had unusual success as a physician, even serving—confidentially—the archbishop of Vienne. Arrested for the publication of a religious work, he escaped but was seized again, tried, and burned at the stake. He was the first European to make what medical discovery? More...
Today's Birthday

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?)

Considered the greatest European scholar of the 16th century, Erasmus was a Dutch priest and leading humanist of the Renaissance era. After his ordination in the early 1490s, Erasmus traveled throughout Europe and became acquainted with many scholars, including Thomas More. A prolific writer, he was noted for his editions of classical works as well as the first Greek edition of the New Testament. Who placed all of Erasmus's works on a list of prohibited books? 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)

Today's Holiday

Turkmenistan Independence Day (2015)

This national holiday commemorates Turkmenistan's independence from the U.S.S.R. on October 27, 1991. Turkmenistan and other republics were gradually able to establish their own autonomous states due to the relaxation of Soviet rule influenced by the policy of perestroika. When the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991, their independence was assured. 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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