Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

outwit

Definition:(verb) To get the better of by cunning or ingenuity.
Synonyms:outsmart, overreach, circumvent, outfox, beat
Usage: She managed to outwit the police and escape to the safe house with the loot.
Article of the Day

The Manananggal

The manananggal is a mythical creature of Filipino folklore usually described as an older woman capable of severing her upper body from her lower half and then taking flight with huge bat-like wings. The creature is said to hunt at night, sucking the blood of its unsuspecting victims with its proboscis-like tongue. Like vampires, the manananggal detests garlic, and smearing it on its lower body while the upper part is away will result in the creature's death. How does one become a manananggal? More...
This Day in History

German Socialist Kurt Eisner Is Assassinated (1919)

Eisner was a German journalist and politician. From 1898, he was editor of Vorwärts, the official Social Democratic Party newspaper. He joined the Independent Social Democratic Party in 1917, later becoming its leader. In November 1918, he organized a Socialist revolution that overthrew the monarchy in Bavaria, and he became the first prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the new Bavarian republic. In February 1919, Eisner was assassinated while on his way to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrés Segovia (1893)

Segovia was a Spanish guitarist whose transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, along with his concerts and recordings, were largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its possibilities as a concert instrument. Almost entirely self-taught, he made his debut in Grenada in 1909 and by the 1920s was touring internationally. He continued to perform into his 90s. Which composers wrote works just for Segovia? More...
Quotation of the Day
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know."

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

good omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of good fortune or a propitious outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feralia

This ancient Roman festival marked the culmination of a week-long celebration in honor of the manes, spirits of the dead. It began on February 13 with the Parentalia, a private celebration in honor of deceased family members, and ended on February 21 with a public celebration known as the Feralia. This was the day on which offerings and gifts were placed on the graves of the deceased and the anniversary of the funeral feast was celebrated. The Feralia was similar to the later Christian holiday, All Souls' Day. More...
In the News

Cancer Drug Could Prevent Blindness in Preemies

The cancer drug bevacizumab could help prevent blindness in premature babies born before their eyes could develop fully. The condition, known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), affects some 50,000 people worldwide, including singer Stevie Wonder. Usually, ROP is treated with laser surgery, meaning the babies have to be sedated and intubated. In a recent study, however, a single injection of bevacizumab into the eyes of premature babies prevented blindness more effectively than laser surgery. More...
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