Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

sidestep

Definition:(verb) Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues).
Synonyms:evade, hedge, skirt, parry, fudge, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck, put off
Usage: The candidate tried to sidestep the issue during the debate, but eventually he had to make his position clear.
Article of the Day

The Bone-Eating Snot Flower

Osedax is a genus of polychaete—sea worm—that feeds on the bones of whale carcasses. Possessing neither stomachs nor mouths, members of the Osedax genus rely on symbiotic species of bacteria to digest whale fat and oils and to release nutrients that they can absorb through unusual root-like structures. One species is known as the "bone-eating snot flower" after its scientific name, Osedax mucofloris. When were these strange creatures first discovered? More...
This Day in History

Endangered Species Act Established in US (1973)

Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction and preserve the ecosystems they inhabit, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 prohibits harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting an "endangered" or "threatened" species and establishes penalties for doing so. A citizen suit clause allows citizens to sue others, even the government, to enforce the law. What species' populations have increased since the act's adoption? More...
Today's Birthday

Stan Lee (1922)

A giant in the world of comic books, Lee is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics and the creator of numerous comic book superheroes. With several artist collaborators, Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk, among many others, and is credited with introducing complex, naturalistic characters into superhero comic books. Lee has made cameo appearances in what films featuring characters that he helped create? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me a hard case to make slaves of those whom God and nature have made free.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Holy Innocents' Day (2015)

Also known as Innocents' Day or Childermas, this day commemorates the massacre of all the male children two years and under in Bethlehem as ordered by King Herod, who hoped that the infant Jesus would be among them. Not surprisingly, this day has long been regarded as unlucky. In ancient times, the "Massacre of the Innocents" was reenacted by whipping the younger members of a family. But, over the years, the tables turned, and in some countries it has become a day when children play pranks on their elders. In Mexico, Childermas is the equivalent of April Fools' Day. More...
In the News

Poor Sleep Plagues Police

Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, and shift work disorder are common among US and Canadian police officers, and excessive fatigue is impairing their ability to perform their duties safely and effectively. About 40 percent of respondents in a recent survey of US and Canadian cops screened positive for at least one sleep disorder. These officers were also more likely to commit serious administrative errors and safety violations and to fall asleep behind the wheel than their better-rested coworkers. More...
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