Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

teetotal

Definition:(adjective) Practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
Synonyms:dry
Usage: I happen to be teetotal, so I will forgo the wine being served with dinner.
Article of the Day

Reduviidae, AKA Assassin Bugs

Thousands of species of the aptly named assassin bug crawl the Earth. Most prey on other insects, using a segmented beak to suck out victims' body fluids, and some species even kill bedbugs and roaches. Still, not all are beneficial. There are species that drink blood and prey on vertebrates, and one is even known to bite the eyes of sleeping humans. Another defends itself by spitting toxic saliva that causes blindness. Some produce pain-inducing venom, and others carry what often-fatal disease? More...
This Day in History

Boston Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees (1919)

Between 1914 and 1919, Ruth compiled an outstanding pitching record, but because pitchers do not play in every game, he was shifted to the outfield so that his powerful hitting could be used consistently. The following season, he was sold to the New York Yankees, and his batting feats and public personality helped salvage baseball's popularity, which had been damaged by the Black Sox scandal. According to legend, Ruth was sold by the owner of the Red Sox in order to finance what? More...
Today's Birthday

George Dewey (1837)

Dewey was an American admiral and a hero of the Battle of Manila. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and served with Union naval forces in the American Civil War. In the Spanish-American War (1898), his Asiatic Squadron sailed to the Philippines and defeated the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay, destroying eight Spanish ships in six hours and suffering only one American fatality. His victory led to the US acquisition of the Philippines. What rank did Congress create for him in 1899? More...
Quotation of the Day
I believe that Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

H-E-double-hockey-sticks

A euphemistic spelling of "hell," referring to each L resembling a hockey stick in shape. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta de Sumamao (2016)

The Argentine ritual drama known as sumamao ("beautiful river") is named after the location in which it is traditionally performed—near the Rio Dulce. On San Esteban's (St. Stephen's) Day, December 26, an avenue of arcos, or arches, tied together by cords hung with ichas (cakes in the form of puppets), leads up to the altar. The drama begins at dawn with trumpets and fireworks, followed by a slow procession through the arches. The rest of the drama unfolds throughout the day, culminating in the demolition of the arcos and the eating of the ichas. More...
In the News

Daylight Savings Switch Linked to Heart Attack Uptick

Previous research has suggested that sleep disruptions resulting from the switch to daylight saving time and return to standard time could be responsible for fluctuations in heart attack rates that occur around that time. A 2008 Swedish study found that the incidence of heart attacks is elevated in the first three weekdays following the switch to daylight saving time and is decreased on the Monday following the return to standard time. However, a new US study only shows an increased heart attack rate on the day directly following the time change, a Sunday. Still, the findings seem to support the idea that sleep loss linked to clock changes affects heart attack risk. More...
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