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

Zeno Crowned Co-Emperor of Byzantine Empire (474 CE)

A military leader, Zeno married the daughter of Byzantine emperor Leo I in about 466 CE. When Leo I died, Zeno's seven-year-old son Leo II became emperor and Zeno was appointed co-emperor. Leo II died within the year, making Zeno sole emperor. Zeno made peace with the Vandals in Africa, put down a rebellion in Asia Minor, got the Ostrogoths to leave the Eastern Empire, and tried to solve the Monophysite controversy, causing a schism with Rome. Why did Zeno change his name from Tarasicodissa? More...
Today's Birthday

Carmen Miranda (1909)

Miranda was a Brazilian singer and actress who, in the 1930s, was the most popular recording artist in Brazil, where she appeared in five films. Recruited by a Broadway producer, she made her US film debut in Down Argentine Way. Typecast as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and given such caricatural roles as "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" in The Gang's All Here, she became the highest-paid female performer in the US during World War II. What was her final film? 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

bankers' hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Maron's Day

St. Maron (also spelled St. Maroun), the patron saint of Lebanon, was a monk who died in 410 CE. The Feast of St. Maron, as it is known in Lebanon, does not have the cultural significance for its citizens that it had in past eras—today, Maronites only make up one-quarter of the Lebanese population (between one-half and one million). In Lebanon and abroad, the most common ceremony of the feast day is the Maronite liturgy, which is a distinctive blend of Catholic doctrine, Arabic music, and singing in Syriac-Aramaic, a classical language that was spoken by Jesus. 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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