Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

schoolman

Definition:(noun) A scholar who is skilled in academic disputation.
Synonyms:academician
Usage: The symposium was scheduled to end at seven, but the schoolman continued to lecture the group for an additional hour.
Article of the Day

Destroying Angels

Originally reserved as a delicacy for the elite, edible mushrooms are now extensively grown on a commercial scale. There are, however, many poisonous species of mushroom, and the destroying angels of the Amanita genus are among the most toxic mushrooms known to man. Destroying angels are characterized by their white stalks and gills and have a telltale collar-like structure, or volva, at the base of their stalks. How soon after ingesting the toxic mushroom do symptoms of poisoning appear? More...
This Day in History

My Lai Massacre (1968)

During the Vietnam War, US troops searching for Viet Cong fighters massacred hundreds of civilians from the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Though they had not located any insurgents in My Lai, the soldiers opened fire on the villagers, killing men, women, and children. The incident was initially covered up by army officers. When it was revealed in the press nearly two years later, it divided the US public and increased pressure to end the war. How many soldiers were convicted for their crimes? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas (1925)

Miramontes was a Mexican chemist whose extensive scientific contributions include numerous publications and nearly 40 national and international patents in different areas, including organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, petrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and polluting agents. However, Miramontes is best remembered for his synthesis, in 1951, of norethindrone, a progestational hormone that would be used as the base of one of the first forms of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
He died...of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

bucket list

A list of accomplishments or tasks one hopes to do or achieve before one dies. "Bucket" here is taken from the phrase "kick the bucket," meaning to die. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Urho's Day

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the US was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. More...
In the News

With a Few Updates, Siri Could Become a Lifeline for Rape Victims

Some 64 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, and are using them for far more than talk and texting. But are phones ready to take care of their users when they need help the most? Not yet, say researchers who tested programs like Apple virtual ... More...
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