Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

augury

Definition:(noun) A sign of something coming; an omen.
Synonyms:foretoken, preindication
Usage: Many analysts see the dire unemployment statistics as an augury of a continued recession.
Article of the Day

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in your hands and do a lot of typing or knitting, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Short, repetitive finger and wrist movements are among the causes of this painful condition, as they irritate and inflame the flexor tendons, causing compression of the median nerve in a part of the wrist called the "carpal tunnel." What are some preventative steps one can take to try and minimize the risk of developing the condition? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hurricane of 1780 Forms (1780)

The Great Hurricane of 1780 was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Coming during a very active hurricane season, the storm formed on October 9 and struck Barbados the next day with winds possibly exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h). It then passed over several other islands, leaving mass destruction in its wake. Thousands of deaths were reported on each island, and more than 20,000 people had died by the time the storm dissipated. How did the hurricane impact the American Revolution? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter O'Malley (1903)

Born in New York City, O'Malley was the owner of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1950 to 1979. In 1958, he moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and helped to coordinate the move of the New York Giants to San Francisco at a time when there were no teams west of Missouri. Though ultimately successful, the transplantation of the Dodgers made O'Malley a target of vilification by Brooklyn fans. However, some blame what powerful official for the team's move? More...
Quotation of the Day
Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

have a thing for (something)

To have a very keen or particular interest in something; to really like or enjoy something. More...
Today's Holiday

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival (2016)

The Madison County Covered Bridge Festival takes place annually on the second weekend in October in and around Winterset, Iowa. The town is located in Madison County, which is noted for its historic wooden covered bridges. In addition to bridge tours, the weekend's festivities include demonstrations of such traditional activities as sheep shearing, wool spinning, and soap making. Entertainment includes barbershop quartets, square dancers, and cloggers, while quilts and antiques are on display. A parade of antique cars is a highlight of the weekend. More...
In the News

Researchers Release Thousands of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying pests as well as vectors for disease transmission, so why would anyone actually release captive mosquitoes, let alone bacteria-infected ones, into the environment on purpose? To combat disease, of course. Several countries, including Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, are participating in a program involving releasing tens of thousands of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which suppress mosquito-borne dengue fever and also hamper the ability of infected male mosquitoes to reproduce with uninfected females. Wolbachia in not transmissible to humans. More...
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