Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

comeuppance

Definition:(noun) A punishment or retribution that one deserves; one's just deserts.
Synonyms:deserts
Usage: The central character is an evil man who gets his comeuppance in the end.
Article of the Day

Soup

Following the invention of waterproof containers about 9,000 years ago, boiling became a common cooking technique, and soup became a staple food item in many cultures. Soups come in myriad varieties, many of which are specific to certain places, such as the pot-au-feu of France, the borscht of Russia, the mutton broth of Scotland, the minestrone of Italy, the chowders of various coastal regions, and gazpacho, the cold soup of Spain. How is soup related to the etymology of the word "restaurant"? More...
This Day in History

The Night Attack (1462)

The Night Attack was a battle fought between the forces of Wallachian Prince Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, and the forces of Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. After Vlad raided Bulgaria and killed more than 20,000 Turks and Bulgarians, Mehmed marched on Wallachia, and the two powers fought a series of skirmishes. In the Night Attack, Vlad attacked the Turkish camp in an attempt to assassinate Mehmed. The attempt failed, but Mehmed retreated anyway. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hersey (1914)

Born in China to missionary parents, Hersey worked as a journalist in East Asia, Italy, and the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1946, including as a war correspondent during WWII. In 1944, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Bell for Adano, which depicts the Allied occupation of a Sicilian town. He later combined fact and fiction in his most famous work, Hiroshima, about the experiences of atomic-blast survivors. How did Hersey inspire Dr. Seuss to write The Cat in the Hat? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everything is self-evident.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

aha moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. More...
Today's Holiday

South Korea Constitution Day

Constitution Day, July 17, is observed as a national holiday in South Korea on the anniversary of the date that the country's constitution was declared in 1948. Apart from the display of flags in public places, citizens and officials do little to formally celebrate the occasion, although events such as marathons are often held on the day. Constitution Day is no longer a free day for workers, but it is still observed as a day of commemoration. More...
In the News

DNA Sequencing Shows Source of Teens' Illness

Genome sequencing is pricey and therefore mainly used for research purposes, but in one recent case, it helped uncover exactly what was making a set of teenage twins sick. The twins had earlier been diagnosed with a movement disorder involving the loss of the neurotransmitter dopamine. However, treating this deficiency did not relieve all of their symptoms. Recently, they underwent genome sequencing, and it revealed that the gene mutation they carried actually made them deficient in both dopamine and serotonin. Adding a serotonin-inducing supplement to their drug regimens improved their symptoms dramatically. More...
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