Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

top-notch

Definition:(adjective) Of the highest quality.
Synonyms:A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, tops
Usage: Everyone wants a top-notch specialist when it comes to laser eye surgery.
Article of the Day

Vulcan Nerve Pinch

In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vulcan nerve pinch is a technique used mainly by members of the humanoid species known as Vulcans to render an opponent unconsciousness by pinching the subclavian nerve at the base of his neck with all four fingers opposing the thumb. In computing, the phrase is used as slang term referring to certain keyboard combinations—such as Control+Alt+Delete. What politician was once accused of using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch in an altercation with a rapper? More...
This Day in History

Cato Street Conspiracy: Plot to Kill British Cabinet Ministers Foiled (1820)

In 1816, Arthur Thistlewood, a member of the revolutionary Spencean Society in London, organized a public meeting at Spa Fields, at which a revolution was to be started. However, the meeting was easily dispersed, and Thistlewood was arrested and narrowly escaped conviction for treason. Undeterred, Thistlewood later plotted the assassination of cabinet members. The government, apprised of the conspiracy, surprised the plotters at their arsenal in a Cato Street loft. What became of Thistlewood? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Paul II (1417)

Born in Venice as Pietro Barbo, Pope Paul II was the successor of Pope Pius II, and the nephew of Pope Eugene IV. A Renaissance pope, he patronized printing, beautified and improved Rome, and collected antiquities. Like Pius II, he was involved in struggles with the Bohemian George of Podebrad, who was the leader of the Utraquists, or the moderate Hussites, in the wars between Hussites and Catholics. Paul excommunicated George in 1466. Who succeeded Paul II as pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

harrowing experience

An experience that is frightening, chilling, or disturbing, either due to an implied or actual element of danger, or from being physically or emotionally unpleasant. More...
Today's Holiday

Terminalia (2016)

In ancient Rome, February 23 marked the end of the year and was therefore an appropriate time to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries and landmarks. The terminus, a boundary stone that marked the outer limits of Rome, stood between the fifth and sixth milestones on the road to Laurentum. During the observance of the Terminalia, property owners would gather there—or at the boundary stones that marked their private lands—to place garlands around the stone and offer sacrifices. Afterward, there would be singing and socializing among family members and servants. More...
In the News

Cell Phones Increase Brain Cell Activity

Despite years of research, there remains no conclusive proof that cell phone radiation causes cancer or other health problems in the brain. At the same time, mobile phones have not been proven to be entirely safe either. New findings from a US government-funded study raise further questions about the safety of cell phone use, as they demonstrate that radiation from the devices has a measurable effect on brain activity. Researchers found that glucose metabolism, an indicator of brain activity, was increased in brain regions nearest a cell phone antenna. Whether this is harmful has yet to be determined. More...
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