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

Whaling Ship Essex Rammed by Whale (1820)

In 1819, the whaling ship Essex left Massachusetts for the South Pacific to hunt sperm whales. On November 20, 1820, in an incident that would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the Essex was rammed multiple times by a sperm whale and sank 2,000 miles (3,700 km) off the coast of South America. The crew took three small boats to a nearby island, but many soon set out again. Conditions in the boats worsened, and the sailors had to resort to cannibalism. How many survived? More...
Today's Birthday

Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866)

Landis was a US federal judge and the first commissioner of professional baseball. Named for a Georgia mountain where his father had been wounded during the Civil War, he practiced law in Illinois before serving as a US district judge. In 1907, he presided over a famous case in which the Standard Oil Company was found guilty of granting unlawful freight rebates and fined $29 million, but his decision was later reversed. He was named baseball commissioner in 1920 in the aftermath of what scandal? 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)

Idiom of the Day

golden touch

The ability to earn a large amount of money or be very successful in any endeavor. From the Greek myth of King Midas, who was granted the ability to turn anything he touched into solid gold. More...
Today's Holiday

Trois Glorieuses (2016)

The Three Glorious Days is a French wine festival that occurs on the last weekend of November in Côte d'Or Department, Burgundy, in eastern France. On the first day, the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin receive their new members, followed by a pig dinner during which hundreds of bottles of wine are uncorked. The second day of the festival takes place at Beaune, where a wine auction is held at the Hospice de Beaune. On the final day in Meursault, everyone who has taken part in the work of the wine harvest is invited to a huge banquet with folk dancing and merrymaking. 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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