Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

fire-eater

Definition:(noun) A belligerent grouch.
Synonyms:hothead
Usage: That old fire-eater next door is always screaming at me to keep my dog off of his lawn.
Article of the Day

Argyria

Minimally toxic to humans and known for its antibiotic properties, silver has historically been used in a variety of medical and industrial applications. However, prolonged exposure to silver can result in argyria, a permanent slate-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and internal organs. Though the condition is not harmful, it is irreversible and, in some cases, very noticeable. What American politician took on a bluish tint after consuming a homemade silver concoction? 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
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

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

Hurricane Sandy Pounds East Coast of US

After sweeping through the Caribbean, where she claimed the lives of at least 60 people, Hurricane Sandy turned her ferocity on the Eastern US, battering the coast with strong winds and driving rain. A rare confluence of weather events—a hurricane meeting up with a winter storm coming from the west—gave Sandy extra punch as she made landfall in the Northeast. In anticipation of the "Frankenstorm," several major public transportation systems were shut down, thousands of flights were canceled, and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. The full extent of Sandy's damage has yet to be assessed, but the final tally could be in the tens of billions of dollars. More...
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