Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

somber

Definition:(adjective) Grave or even gloomy in character.
Synonyms:melancholy
Usage: The Colonel, with little sense of humor and of the fitness of things, related a somber episode of those dark and bitter days.
Article of the Day

Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Brittle Bone Disease

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a group of connective-tissue diseases characterized by abnormally brittle, easily fractured bones. A genetic disorder for which there is no known cure, OI is generally inherited but can also result from an individual mutation. Of the various forms of OI, Type II is the most severe. Babies with OI Type II, if not stillborn, are born with fractures and suffer severe bone deformity; most die shortly after birth. What can be done to reduce the incidence of fractures? More...
This Day in History

First African American wins Academy Award (1940)

Hattie McDaniel was an African-American singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She appeared in over 300 films and is best known for her role as Mammy in the iconic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, a performance that earned her the first Academy Award ever presented to an African American. McDaniel's Oscar was later lost. What are some theories about what became of it? More...
Today's Birthday

Dinah Shore (1916)

Shore was an American singer, actress, and TV personality who enjoyed widespread popularity during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 50s. She was the first singer of the era to achieve success as a solo artist, producing over 80 hit songs, including "Baby It's Cold Outside," before beginning a four-decade career in television. Shore was a hit with TV audiences as well and went on to earn nine Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe. How did Shore, born Frances Rose, earn the stage name Dinah? More...
Quotation of the Day
In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

arm candy

An especially attractive person who acts as a romantic escort or date to social events, but who is not romantically attached to or involved with the person he or she is accompanying. More...
Today's Holiday

Leap Year Day

The Earth actually takes longer than 365 days to complete its trip around the Sun—five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds longer, to be precise. To accommodate this discrepancy, an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar at the end of February every four years. The year in which this occurs is called Leap Year, probably because the English courts did not always recognize February 29, and the date was often "leaped over" in the records. There was an old tradition that women could propose marriage to men during Leap Year. The men had to pay a forfeit if they refused. More...
In the News

Study Finds Most Locked-In Patients Happy

In a small French survey of people with locked-in syndrome, a condition in which a person is conscious and alert but unable to move any part of the body except the eyes, nearly three-quarters of respondents reported being happy. Sixty-eight percent said they never had suicidal thoughts, and only seven percent said they wanted help committing suicide. The longer a person was locked-in, the more likely he was to be happy. Researchers say that the findings stress the importance of making newly affected locked-in patients aware of the fact that they have a significant chance of regaining a happy life and that end-of-life decisions should not be made prematurely. More...
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