Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

unblemished

Definition:(adjective) Free from physical or moral spots or stains.
Synonyms:unmarred, unmutilated
Usage: His unblemished reputation as a man of honor and principle follows him wherever he goes.
Article of the Day

The Number of the Beast

According to the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible, the Number of the Beast is a numeral associated with an unspecified creature of evil. Though some believe that the beast itself is Satan, the biblical language is vague enough to have led to numerous other interpretations, such as the theory that the number actually represents the Roman emperor Nero. Most translations of the Bible render the number as 666, but many scholars believe that earlier translations cite what other number? More...
This Day in History

Clint Malarchuk's Carotid Artery Slashed during Ice Hockey Game (1989)

Malarchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. He is perhaps best known for sustaining a life-threatening injury during a 1989 game, when two players collided in front of his goal, and one of the players' skate blades slashed Malarchuk's internal carotid artery. Remarkably, Malarchuk was able to skate off the ice despite bleeding heavily. He survived because his team's athletic trainer, a former army medic, did what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau's miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall be like that tree,—I shall die at the top.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

call it even

To acknowledge or consider a situation or exchange as being equal or equitable, as regarding debt, status, ability, a contest, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2016)

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
In the News

UK Physicians Commonly Prescribe Placebos

Placebos are apparently commonplace in the practice of medicine. A poll of general practitioners in the UK reveals that nearly all have, at one time or another, recommended a placebo pill or treatment to a patient, and three-quarters regularly do so. Though the practice can benefit some patients, as the simple expectation of improvement may be enough to make them feel better, not all placebos are inert. For example, many of those surveyed said they have prescribed antibiotics—which can cause a number of side effects—to patients with suspected viral infections. As such, it is important that doctors use caution when prescribing placebo treatments. More...
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