Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

oeuvre

Definition:(noun) The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it).
Synonyms:body of work
Usage: The musicologist studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre.
Article of the Day

Reiki

Reiki is an alternative healing practice in which the practitioner is believed to channel energy into the patient in order to encourage healing. Named for a Japanese term meaning "universal life force," it was developed in the 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar of religion who was intrigued by accounts of Christ's ability to heal people by touching them. Reiki practitioners use simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques during sessions in which what happens? More...
This Day in History

London Gazette, Oldest Surviving Journal, First Published (1665)

The London Gazette is one of the British government's official journals of record in which statutory notices are required to be published. Originally called the Oxford Gazette, it was first published in 1665, making it the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom. The first publication of the Gazette coincided with King Charles II's movement of his court to Oxford, which he did to escape what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie Curie (1867)

Marie Curie was a Polish-born French physical chemist. She married fellow physicist Pierre Curie in 1895, and together they discovered the elements radium and polonium—which Marie named after her native Poland. They also distinguished alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. For their work on radioactivity—a term she coined—the Curies shared the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics with Henri Becquerel. This made Marie the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. In 1911, she became the first person to win what? More...
Quotation of the Day
By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

Terlingua Chili Cookoff (2015)

The Terlingua Chili Cookoff is a contest of chili chefs held in Terlingua, Texas, an abandoned mining town near the Big Bend desert area in the southwestern part of the state. More than 200 cooks from as many as 30 states and occasionally from foreign countries show up to prepare the official state dish, and thousands of spectators drive or fly in. Humorists Wick Fowler and H. Allen Smith staged the first cookoff in 1967, deciding to locate it in the hot desert because it was a contest for a hot dish. More...
In the News

Bland Food Is Sounding Better

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that 12 percent of spices imported by the US are contaminated with bug parts, rodent hairs, and other unsavory things. Furthermore, about 7 percent of spice imports are contaminated with salmonella. In its report on the issue, the FDA noted that imported spices contain twice as much "filth" as other imported foodstuffs. The findings may turn your stomach, but, luckily, relatively few consumers actually get sick from eating contaminated spices. More...
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