Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

jocular

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by jokes and good humor.
Synonyms:jesting, joking
Usage: The jocular atmosphere of the mess hall disappeared when the drill sergeant entered the room.
Article of the Day

Typhoid Fever

A potentially fatal disease characterized by high fever, headache, intestinal bleeding, and rose-colored spots on the skin, typhoid is caused by the bacillus Salmonella typhi. The bacterium is passed into the waste of infected patients and is transmitted chiefly through contaminated food or water, a pathway of disease transmission known as the fecal-oral route. The most notorious carrier of typhoid in history, Mary Mallon, or "Typhoid Mary," infected how many people during her lifetime? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of Lhotse (1956)

Reaching 27,890 ft (8,501 m), Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth. Tibetan for "south peak," it is located in the Himalayas on the Nepal-Tibet border and is connected to Mount Everest by a 25,000-ft (7,620-m) ridge. The first ascent of the mountain was made by Swiss climbers Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss in 1956. Thirty years later, what mountaineer summited Lhotse, becoming the first climber to have ascended all 14 mountains on Earth that peak more than 8,000 m above sea level? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Käsebier (1852)

Käsebier was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century and a promoter of photography as a career for women. She photographed famous figures like the sculptor Auguste Rodin and American showman Buffalo Bill, but she is best known for her evocative images of motherhood and portraits of Native Americans. In 1899, Alfred Stieglitz declared her "the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day," but a decade later, he was speaking out against her work. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, disgust simply does not exist where hunger is; and as to superstition, beliefs, and what you may call principles, they are less than chaff in a breeze.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

final cut

The completed and finalized edited version of a film, as authorized by its director and producer. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2016)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. The next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

Prepackaged Diet Foods Linked to Greater Weight-Loss Success

When it comes to dieting, prepackaged, portion-controlled food plans may be the way to go. In a recent study, dieters on a structured diet plan consisting of five pre-packaged meals each day along with a single meal prepared by the dieter lost an average of 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg) over six months—6.7 percent of their starting weight. By comparison, those merely advised on how to keep to a 1,000 calorie-per-day diet lost just 8.4 pounds (3.8 kg)—3.4 percent of their starting weight. Participants from both groups had a tendency to rebound toward their original weight, but a year in, the dieters on the packaged meal plan still had kept more of the weight off. More...
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