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

"The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (1951)

Late in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three's ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat. What happened next? More...
Today's Birthday

John Ross (1790)

The son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe's rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory. In Native American lore, this journey is known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have a/the right to (something)

To have the just or legal permission, privilege, or authority to have or own something. More...
Today's Holiday

Honduras Soldiers' Day (2016)

This celebration is held on the birthday of Francisco Morazán (1792–1842), a highly revered Honduran general and statesman. Morazán's achievements as a military leader in various liberation struggles led the Honduran government to designate his birthday as the official date to honor the country's soldiers. The day's main celebration is a military parade that takes place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras's capital city. The procession features the service members of every branch of the armed forces, along with dozens of tanks and artillery carriers. 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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