Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

overwrought

Definition:(adjective) Deeply agitated especially from emotion.
Synonyms:distraught
Usage: Now that the horror of absolute solitude was upon them, her overwrought nerves gave way, and the reaction came.
Article of the Day

The History of Earth

Earth is believed to be 4.5 to 5 billion years old and was probably formed along with the rest of the solar system when a dusty nebula coalesced into distinct planetary bodies. Since its creation, Earth has endured numerous transformations and catastrophes, geological and biological alike. Though life on the planet arose roughly 3.5 billion years ago, humans appeared only relatively recently. What planet may have long ago collided with Earth, ejecting enough material into space to form the Moon? More...
This Day in History

One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John's Dance (1374)

Germany was the site of one of the first outbreaks of dancing mania, a phenomenon seen primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. During such outbreaks, groups of up to thousands of people would dance uncontrollably, screaming, shouting, and claiming to have visions until they collapsed from exhaustion. Initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist, it was called "St. John's Dance." To what do researchers now attribute the strange behavior? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)

Weber was a German physiologist who is known for his work on touch and for the formulation of Weber's law—which states that the increase in stimulus necessary to produce an increase in sensation is not fixed but depends on the strength of the preceding stimulus. Weber's law led to the discipline of psychophysics and serves as the basis of the scales used to measure the loudness of sounds. He is considered a founder of experimental psychology and is also known for what discoveries in anatomy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

go out with a bang

To finish or cease doing something in a spectacular, great, or exciting manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Venezuela Battle of Carabobo Day (2016)

The Battle of Carabobo was fought in Venezuela on June 24, 1821, between the Spanish and the Venezuelan freedom fighters, led by Simón Bolívar. Their victory led to the independence of Venezuela. At the site of the battle is the Alley of Glory. It leads to the Triumphal Arch, which features two female figures representing peace and victory. The Battle of Carabobo Day is marked by a military parade in Carabobo. More...
In the News

Surgeons Remove Fetal Tumor In Utero

At first glance, Leyna Mykaella Gonzalez looks like any other happy and healthy 20-month-old girl, but a tiny scar on her mouth reveals that her life has been nothing short of extraordinary. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare and often deadly tumor, an oral teratoma, while in her mother's womb. Doctors from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida determined that removing the tumor in utero was Leyna's best chance for survival, despite the fact that such a procedure had never before been performed. The pioneering and lifesaving surgery was a success, and months later, Leyna was born. More...
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