Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

palmistry

Definition:(noun) The practice or art of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.
Synonyms:chirology, chiromancy
Usage: She dabbled in fortunetelling and palmistry.
Article of the Day

Ladislaus I of Hungary

Now regarded by Hungarians as the model of chivalry and valor, Ladislaus was king of Hungary from 1077 to 1095. An able king, he expanded his country, suppressed paganism, modified the criminal code, and issued laws protecting private property. In 1091, he conquered Croatia at the invitation of his sister, Croatia's widowed queen. He supported the pope against the Holy Roman Emperor but refused to swear fealty to the papacy. Still, he was canonized in 1198. What miracles are attributed to him? More...
This Day in History

Orson Welles Broadcasts The War of the Worlds (1938)

On the night before Halloween in 1938, many listeners tuned in late to Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air, missing the program's introduction announcing that it would be broadcasting an adaptation of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. The innovative format, which featured news segments reporting a Martian invasion, was so convincing that it panicked the listening public and brought national attention to Welles. What urban legends exist about what happened during the broadcast? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857)

Tourette syndrome is a rare neurological disease characterized by repetitive tics, movement disorders, uncontrolled grunts, and, occasionally, verbal obscenities. It is named for French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described it in the 1880s. Apart from his clinical work, Tourette lectured on a variety of topics, including the medical and legal ramifications of mesmerism, now called hypnosis. In the 1890s, one of Tourette's former patients shot him in the head. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo (2015)

Also known as the American Royal, or simply the Royal, this is the oldest, and one of the largest, livestock shows and rodeos in the United States, dating back to the period just after the Civil War. The main events occur in October and November. The American Royal Rodeo is the final rodeo of the season on the professional circuit, featuring over 700 professional riders and offering more than $100,000 in prize money. There are also livestock auctions, horse and livestock shows, country music concerts, barbecue competitions, and a parade through downtown Kansas City. More...
In the News

Python Heart Growth Could Help Humans

Pythons are able to live for nearly a year without eating, but when they do eat, their metabolisms increase more than 40-fold and their organs immediately begin to get larger to aid digestion. Their hearts, in particular, grow 40 percent or more in just three days. Researchers have been studying this phenomenon to see if it can help them find ways to stimulate healthy heart growth in humans with heart disease. So far, they have been able to stimulate heart growth in unfed pythons by injecting them with a mixture of three fatty acids found in the blood of pythons that have just eaten and in living mice by injecting them with the plasma of a fed python. More...
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