Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

will-o'-the-wisp

Definition:(noun) A pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground.
Synonyms:friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern
Usage: The white face of a dying man seemed suddenly to have floated up out of the darkness, to have come to him like a will-o'-the-wisp from the swamp.
Article of the Day

The Octothorpe

In the US, it is most frequently called a pound or number sign. In the UK, it is called a hash. Elsewhere, it is referred to as a hex. Desiring an unambiguous name for the now-ubiquitous key, phone engineers coined the word "octothorpe" in the 1960s, but it never gained wide usage. "Octo" refers to the symbol's eight arms, but the origin of "thorpe" is less clear. One theory is that it is a reference to the symbol’s resemblance to a village surrounded by fields. Why is it called a pound sign? More...
This Day in History

First Commercial Internet Domain Name Registered (1985)

A domain name is an address of a computer, organization, or other entity on a network, such as the Internet, that follows TCP/IP communications protocol. Domain names must be unique on the Internet and must be assigned by a registrar accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They typically include the type and name of an organization and identify the specific host server at the address. The first commercial Internet domain name was registered in 1985. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Fabio Lanzoni (1959)

Widely known simply as Fabio, Lanzoni is an Italian male fashion model and actor who became famous for appearing on the covers of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has also written romance novels, including Pirate and Comanche, and is said to be the first best-selling male romance writer to publish under his own name rather than a pseudonym. Lanzoni has appeared in a number of commercials for a range of different products, and he has acted in what films? More...
Quotation of the Day
The nations of the earth are mostly swayed by fear—fear of the sort that a little cheap oratory turns easily to rage, hate, and violence.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

brood over

To worry anxiously or be despondent about something or someone, especially at great length and in isolation. More...
Today's Holiday

Buzzard Day

About 75 turkey vultures, also known as turkey buzzards, return to Hinckley, Ohio, each March 15 to spend the summer. Thousands of people celebrate them at the Hinckley Buzzard Day Festival, held since 1958 on the first Sunday after March 15. It features tours, hikes, and talks by naturalists at Metro Park, where the buzzards roost. The vultures' return was first documented by a park patrolman who logged their arrival date for 23 years. Why the birds return, however, isn't known. More...
In the News

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements More Prone to Failure

Recently, British regulators voiced concerns about the potential for metal-on-metal hip replacements to generate metallic debris that could enter into the bloodstream and damage muscle and bone. Now, a new study on the failure rates of hip replacements raises further concerns about the metal-on-metal implants. Data from over 400,000 hip replacements in England and Wales show that metal-on-metal hips have a higher failure rate than metal-on-plastic or ceramic-on-ceramic implants. In light of the findings, researchers say this type of implant should no longer be used. More...
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