Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

halfhearted

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms:lukewarm, tepid
Usage: I made a halfhearted attempt to start a conversation with him and gave up as soon as it became clear he was not really interested in talking to me either.
Article of the Day

La Florida

In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León set out from Puerto Rico, sailing northeast through the Bahamas. He soon sighted the Florida peninsula, which he believed was actually an island, and in early April, he became the first European to reach it. His discovery coincided with the Easter feast, Pascua Florida, and is perhaps the reason why he named the land he claimed for Spain "La Florida." What legendary site do many believe the explorer was searching for when he found Florida? More...
This Day in History

Robert Koch Announces Discovery of Tuberculosis Bacterium (1882)

Tuberculosis, a contagious, wasting disease that commonly attacks the lungs but may affect other organs and systems as well, is caused by several strains of mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium tuberculosis in humans. First identified in 1882 by German bacteriologist Robert Koch, M. tuberculosis is unusual because of its lipid-rich cell wall and because it divides every 15 to 20 hours, when other bacteria divide in minutes. How long does it take E. coli to divide? More...
Today's Birthday

Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More...
Quotation of the Day
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

candle in the wind

Something that is particularly vulnerable, weak, fragile, or precarious and likely to fail, perish, or be eliminated at any moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice

In Argentina, this is a public holiday that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and, in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24. More...
In the News

Half of Americans Subscribe to Medical Conspiracy Theories

Do you believe that government regulators conspire with the pharmaceutical industry to block access to natural medical cures or that the government knows that cell phones cause cancer but is not taking action because of corporate pressure? It turns out that Americans widely subscribe to these and many other medical conspiracy theories. Nearly half of the respondents in a recent US survey agreed with at least one of six common medical conspiracy theories. In addition to the two conspiracy theories noted in the above question, the survey asked about conspiracies involving genetically modified foods, vaccines, water fluoridation, and HIV. More...
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