Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

slicker

Definition:(noun) A macintosh made from cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof.
Synonyms:oilskin
Usage: It was pouring all day, but thanks to my new slicker, I stayed nice and dry.
Article of the Day

Clonorchis sinensis

The Oriental liver fluke, Clonorchis sinensis, is a parasitic worm that may be acquired by eating raw, undercooked, pickled, salted, or smoked fish. The fluke exists in a dormant stage in the skin of a fish and is unable to continue its life cycle until ingested by a warm-blooded animal, in which the larvae mature and produce eggs. The adult fluke can survive in the biliary duct of its host for up to 50 years and can cause chronic liver disease and, eventually, death. How it is treated? More...
This Day in History

US Planes Embark on First Successful Aerial Circumnavigation Attempt (1924)

Just two decades after the first successful powered flight, pilots from the US Army Air Service completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. The trip took 175 days, and not all of it was smooth sailing—or flying, as it were. Weeks after the group of four airplanes set out from Seattle, Washington, one crashed in Alaska. Luckily, the crew survived, as did that of another of the planes, which later went down over the Atlantic. How many of the original planes completed the journey? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Henry Gosse (1810)

An English naturalist, Gosse built the first marine aquarium and was an innovator in the field of marine biology. He was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group that rejected the theory of evolution, and wrote many books on zoology, including Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile geological theories with the biblical account of creation. After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic father in Father and Son, written by his son Edmund, who was also his what? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

can't be bothered

Unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something. (Used in the present and past tenses almost interchangeably.) More...
Today's Holiday

Chakri Day

Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement of Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand's leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding of Bangkok as the capital. More...
In the News

Workaholics Have Higher Heart Risk

People who work 10 to 11 hours per day have a 45 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or dying from heart disease than people who work a standard 7-hour or 8-hour day; and those who work an average of 11 or more hours a day actually have a 67 percent higher risk. While the extra work alone might not increase heart risk, working long hours may be an indicator of an unhealthy lifestyle in general and could point to risk factors such as stress, lack of exercise, and poor diet. More...
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