Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

unfurl

Definition:(verb) To spread or open (something) out or become spread or opened out.
Synonyms:unroll
Usage: Unfurl your wings, and fly into superhuman regions…and if your wings, like those of Icarus, melt before the sun, we are here to ease your fall.
Article of the Day

King Oedipus

In Greek mythology, Oedipus was a king of Thebes who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. In the most familiar version of the story, Laius, king of Thebes, was warned by an oracle that his son would kill him. He abandoned the infant Oedipus on a mountain, but the baby was saved by a shepherd and adopted by the king of Corinth. When Oedipus learned from the Delphic oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother, he fled Corinth to escape this fate. What happened next? More...
This Day in History

Harvey Milk and George Moscone Are Assassinated (1978)

After gaining a following as a leader of San Francisco's gay community, Milk was elected to the city's Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in US history. In 1978, he and Moscone, the city's mayor, were shot and killed in City Hall by Dan White, a former city supervisor. White's conviction on the less serious charge of voluntary manslaughter sparked riots in the city. What now infamous defense did White's attorneys present at his murder trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Chaim Weizmann (1874)

A Russian-born chemist, Weizmann became a British subject in 1910, developed a process for creating a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of explosives in 1912, and was director of the British admiralty laboratories for much of WWI. An active Zionist, Weizmann helped negotiate the 1917 Balfour Declaration pronouncing British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. When the republic of Israel was eventually founded, he was elected its first president. What is the Weizmann organism? More...
Quotation of the Day
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum—"I think that I think, therefore I think that I am."

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

No good deed goes unpunished.

Due to the cruelty, ignorance, or selfishness of the world or others, one's good deeds or good intentions will often result in more trouble than they are worth. An ironic and sardonic twist on the more standard moral that "no good deed goes unrewarded." More...
Today's Holiday

Lopburi Monkey Banquet (2016)

Yongyuth Kijwattananuson first offered this banquet to the long-tailed macaque monkeys who live in the city of Lop Buri, Thailand, in 1988, to thank them for making his hotel so attractive to visitors. It has since become an institution, especially for the hundreds of monkeys who normally spend their time begging and stealing food from townspeople and tourists. Dozens of chefs prepare numerous dishes featuring fruit and vegetables on tables covered with red tablecloths. The monkeys eventually approach the tables to feast on the offerings, playing and throwing food in the process. More...
In the News

Underweight People at Greater Risk after Surgery

For many, the battle of the bulge is an endless struggle. But now there is some good news for those who have packed on a few extra pounds: They are less likely to die while recovering from surgery than people who are underweight. Data on nearly 190,000 surgical patients from 183 different hospitals show that underweight patients have a 40 percent higher risk of dying in the month following surgery than patients who are overweight. More...
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