Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

get-go

Definition:(noun) The time at which something is supposed to begin.
Synonyms:commencement, offset, outset, showtime, start, beginning, kickoff, first
Usage: She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.
Article of the Day

Bioacoustics

Bioacoustics is the study of the relation between living organisms and sound, focusing on the neurophysiological, anatomical, and evolutionary basis of sounds produced and detected by animals, especially those involved in communication. It was established as a scientific discipline by Slovene biologist Ivan Regen, whose experiments with crickets in the early 20th century proved that insects respond to acoustic stimuli produced by other individuals. What animal sounds are humans unable to hear? More...
This Day in History

John Quincy Adams Elected US President by Congress (1825)

Without a strong party system in place, the 1824 US presidential election was based on regional, rather than party, support. Consequently, of the five candidates who ran for office, none received enough electoral votes to take office, sending the decision to the House of Representatives under the terms of the twelfth amendment. Although Andrew Jackson had earned a plurality of the popular vote, Adams was elected because, according to the Jacksonians, he had struck a "corrupt bargain" with whom? More...
Today's Birthday

James Whitaker Wright (1846)

The son of a poor minister, Wright went on to become an extremely wealthy mining company owner. He lived a lavish lifestyle and mingled with the social elite, giving off the appearance of a legitimate and successful businessman. Yet, when his companies collapsed in 1900, it was revealed that he had earned his fortune by defrauding investors. Convicted in 1904 of fraud, he chose to end his own life rather than serve out his prison sentence. How did he kill himself while still in the courthouse? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

hustle (one's) bustle

To increase one's pace or sense of urgency; to hurry up; to get moving quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Thaipusam (2017)

Thaipusam is a dramatic Hindu festival celebrated in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and elsewhere. The day marks the victory of the god Subramaniam (Lord Murugar) over the demons, and it is a time of penance, usually involving self-mortification. In Malaysia, a statue of Subramaniam is taken from the Sri Mariamman temple and placed in a silver chariot. Then begins a grand procession to his tomb in the Batu Caves, where the statue is carried up 272 steps and placed beside the permanent statue kept there. The next day about 200,000 people begin to pay homage. More...
In the News

Sun and Vitamin D Linked to Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Previous research has shown that people living near the equator are less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than those living at higher latitudes, and researchers now think the discrepancy may be related to differences in sun exposure and vitamin D levels. In a recent study, participants with early signs of MS were found to have spent less time in the sun and lived farther from the equator over the course of their lives than participants without MS. In addition, those with early MS had vitamin D levels 5 to 10 percent lower than those without MS, and they were half as likely to have high levels of skin damage caused by sun exposure. More...
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