Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

overstep

Definition:(verb) To go beyond (a limit); exceed.
Synonyms:transgress, trespass
Usage: The hotel was criticized for its $11 million Christmas tree adorned with gold and precious stones by those who felt it overstepped the bounds of taste.
Article of the Day

The Venera Program

The Venera Program consisted of a series of unmanned Soviet planetary probes sent to Venus between 1965 and 1983. Venera 2 flew to within 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of Venus in 1966. A few days later, Venera 3 crash-landed on its surface, becoming the first spacecraft to strike another planet. Later missions analyzed Venus's atmosphere, made soft landings, and mapped and sent back the first close-up photographs of some of the planet's surface. What does Venera mean in Russian? More...
This Day in History

The Day the Music Died (1959)

During an extensive tour of the midwestern US, American rock-and-roll musician Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to transport him to his next gig. Fellow performers Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson, who was known as "The Big Bopper," filled the remaining seats. Tragically, the plane crashed, killing everyone on board. The event was later called "the day the music died" by Don McLean in his song "American Pie." Which of the passengers was said to have won his seat on the plane by a coin flip? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Stein (1874)

Stein was an American avant-garde writer and notable patron of the arts. While she was living in Paris, her home became a salon for leading artists and writers, including Picasso and Hemingway. An early supporter of Cubism, she tried to parallel its theories in her work, employing a unique prose style characterized by the use of repetition, fragmentation, and the continuous present. Her only book to reach a wide audience, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was actually about whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

inopportune moment

An unfortunate or inconvenient moment in time. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Blaise's Day

The association of St. Blaise with the blessing of throats can be traced to a number of sources. In any case, St. Blaise, since the 6th century in the East, has been the patron saint of people who suffer from throat afflictions, and celebrations on this day in the Roman Catholic Church often include the blessing of throats by the priest. In Spain, they bake small loaves, called tortas de San Blas ("San Blas's loaves"). They are blessed during Mass, and each child eats a bit to prevent him or her from choking during the year. More...
In the News

Mini-Laparoscopy May Not Cut It

A comparison of conventional laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery and a new technique involving "mini" incisions suggests that the new method does not offer many advantages over the current minimally invasive procedure. The odds of a surgery technique failing and being completed by a different procedure were more than twice as high for a patient undergoing mini-laparoscopy compared to conventional laparoscopy, however, this may simply reflect surgeons' lack of experience with the new procedure. Meanwhile, patients were happier with the cosmetic outcomes of the mini-laparoscopy. Researchers recommend investigating the costs and benefits of mini-laparoscopy further. More...
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