Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 07, 2015)
Word of the Day

diagnostician

Definition:(noun) A person who diagnoses, especially a physician specializing in medical diagnostics.
Synonyms:pathologist
Usage: She was an excellent diagnostician and was immediately able to identify the cause of the patient's symptoms.
Article of the Day

Escapology

Classically, escapology is the art of escaping from rope bindings. It has since evolved to include escapes from a variety of restraints, including straightjackets, cages, chains, and prisons. In the early 1900s, Harry Houdini, a master escapologist, began performing his "Chinese Water Torture Cell" act. The escape required a bound Houdini to hold his breath for more than three minutes while freeing himself from a locked, water-filled glass tank. Illusionists before Houdini had relied on what? More...
This Day in History

William II Becomes King of the Netherlands (1840)

William served in the Peninsular War, was wounded at Waterloo, and led the Dutch army in the Belgian revolution after his father failed to approve his conciliation efforts. Called to the throne upon his father's abdication in 1840, William was immediately confronted with a financial crisis, which was solved by raising a "voluntary loan" among the people. A conservative leader, he resisted constitutional revision until the revolutionary spirit of 1848 induced him to grant what desired reforms? More...
Today's Birthday

Caesar Rodney (1728)

Rodney was a key American Revolutionary leader. As a member of the Continental Congress, when he heard of the deadlock on the vote for independence, he rode 80 miles through a thunderstorm to arrive in Philadelphia "in his boots and spurs" on July 2, 1776—just in time to cast the decisive vote in favor of independence. The wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved two days later, and Rodney became a signatory on August 2. Soon after, he was elected president of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nobody loves life like an old man.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a sneaking suspicion

To have a slight but persistent premonition or intuition (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

National Shrimp Festival (2016)

This waterside festival is held for four days in Gulf Shores, Alabama, drawing crowds estimated at 200,000. The festival began in this shrimping and resort area in 1971 as a one-day celebration to liven things up after Labor Day. The big event was a shrimp-cooking contest, and shrimp dishes have been in the forefront since, with lots of jambalaya and kabobs. Also on the menu are such dishes as shark and Greek foods, including seafood gyros. Events of the festival include a children's art village, an air show, live musical entertainment, and arts and crafts displays. More...
In the News

In the Eerie Emptiness of Chernobyl's Abandoned Towns, Wildlife Is Flourishing

The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. The predators yipped and chirped and crooned to one another for what seemed like ... More...
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