Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

bugbear

Definition:(noun) An object of dread or apprehension.
Synonyms:hobgoblin
Usage: What have I done to be made a bugbear of, and to be shunned and dreaded as if I brought the plague?
Article of the Day

Skiffle

Skiffle is a genre of music incorporating blues, folk, jazz, and country influences, but performed using homemade instruments. Though skiffle performers sometimes use banjos or guitars, they also make use of washboards, jugs, tubs, and comb-and-paper kazoos. Skiffle originated in the US in the early 20th century before spreading to the UK. By the late 1950s, there were as many as 50,000 skiffle groups in the UK—including the band that would become The Beatles. What was the group's name? More...
This Day in History

Diocletian's Army Declares Him Emperor of Rome (284 CE)

Of humble birth, Diocletian rose through the ranks of the Roman military to become a high-ranking commander. His troops proclaimed him emperor after the death of Numerian, and he became sole ruler when Carinus, Numerian's co-emperor, was murdered by his own officers. Seeking to remove the military from politics, Diocletian established a tetrarchy, or four-ruler system, appointing Maximian, Constantius I, and Galerius as co-rulers and proclaiming them all gods. Why did Diocletian abdicate in 305? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925)

Following his successful management of his brother's campaign for the presidency, Robert Kennedy served as US attorney general and was John F. Kennedy's closest adviser, exerting considerable influence on the nation's domestic and foreign affairs. He later won election to the US Senate and, in 1968, announced his intention to run for president. After winning the California Democratic primary in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he was assassinated. Who shot him? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soldier who executes what his captain orders does no less than the captain himself who gives the order.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2015)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during World War II. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
In the News

Nose Cells Permit Paralyzed Pooches to Walk Again

Scientists have long thought that olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), which guide the regeneration of olfactory neurons, could aid in spinal cord repair, and the results of a new study on dogs seem to support this view. When researchers harvested olfactory ensheathing cells from dogs with spinal injuries and then implanted these cells at the injury sites, they observed marked improvements in the dogs' ability to use their previously paralyzed hind limbs. In humans, this technique could have applications for spinal injury patients who have lost sexual function and bowel and bladder control. More...
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