Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

off-guard

Definition:(adjective) Not prepared or vigilant.
Synonyms:napping
Usage: The burglar caught our security personnel off-guard and escaped the facility before they had even sounded the alarm.
Article of the Day

The Oh-My-God Particle

Observed over Utah in 1991 by a cosmic ray detector, the Oh-My-God particle was a rare ultra-high-energy cosmic ray that traveled through the universe at very nearly the speed of light. Since then, scientists have detected a number of other cosmic rays with similarly high energies. Such subatomic particles carry millions of times the energy that can be generated in a particle accelerator. Their origin is still unclear, but they could be related to dark matter. What might be generating them? More...
This Day in History

O.J. Simpson Found Not Guilty in the "Trial of the Century" (1995)

In 1994, Simpson, a former football star, was charged with the murder of his estranged wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. His trial was a media-saturated event that highlighted racial tensions in America and resulted in his acquittal in 1995. In 1997, a civil jury levied a $33.5 million wrongful-death award against him in a suit brought by the victims' families. Simpson's infamous car chase in June 1994 interrupted TV coverage of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Wolfe (1900)

After beginning his career writing plays, Wolfe turned to novels, many of which are thinly veiled autobiographies. His writing habits, influenced by excessive drinking, were haphazard and undisciplined. In his The Story of a Novel, Wolfe describes how editor Maxwell Perkins helped him turn the chaotic manuscripts for his first two books into publishable works. Which one of Wolfe's literary contemporaries likened his writing to "an elephant trying to do the hoochie coochie"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Today's Holiday

German Unity Day (2015)

Unity Day celebrates the reunification of East and West Germany that took place on October 3, 1990. In setting the date of the official reunification, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted to honor the historic events of November 1989, in which the government of East Germany resigned and thousands of citizens scaled the Berlin Wall and began to demolish it, but did not want to overshadow other important November observances. German Unity Day is observed with speeches, marches, and public events, including the government's official Unity Day celebration street festival. More...
In the News

Self-Medicating with Sleeping Pills Problematic

Experts are noticing a worrisome trend when it comes to sleep—many people are self-medicating to get some shuteye. The problem with this is that insomnia, an inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time, can be a symptom of another disorder rather than a condition unto itself. Illnesses like heart disease, Alzheimer's, and hormonal problems can impact sleep patterns, as can psychiatric conditions. A recent survey found that half of those with insomnia had diagnosed themselves and self-medicated, and nearly a third had taken sleeping pills for over a month without consulting a medical professional. More...
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