Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

flummox

Definition:(verb) To confuse; perplex.
Synonyms:baffle, bewilder, nonplus, puzzle
Usage: The game was designed to flummox its players, presenting them with a series of complex riddles.
Article of the Day

LASIK Surgery

LASIK is a form of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The surgery generally eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses and is a less painful alternative to photorefractive keratectomy. LASIK is a two step process. First, a flap of corneal tissue is created and folded back to reveal the cornea, which is then remodeled with a laser. What have studies revealed about the safety and efficacy of LASIK? More...
This Day in History

First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an "International Peace Climb," in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Fielding (1707)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

desperate times call for desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." More...
Today's Holiday

First Evening of Passover

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and for Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs, and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Newly Discovered Frog Has Transparent Belly, Looks Like Kermit

Discovering new species in the wild is hard enough. Discovering new species in the wild that look like hugely popular... More...
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