Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

dither

Definition:(noun) An excited state of agitation.
Synonyms:fuss, pother, tizzy, flap
Usage: I was in such a dither while getting dressed this morning that I accidentally left the house with mismatched shoes.
Article of the Day

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

In the Bible, Judean ruler Herod Antipas imprisoned the prophet John the Baptist for denouncing his decision to divorce his wife and marry—unlawfully, under Jewish law—his brother's wife, Herodias, while his brother was still alive. On Herod's birthday, Herodias's daughter, Salome, danced for Herod. In return, he promised her anything, up to half his kingdom. She demanded John's head on a platter, and Herod obliged. Where was John the Baptist's head said to have been found centuries later? More...
This Day in History

Two Car Bombs Discovered in London (2007)

In 2007, a potential tragedy was averted in London when two car bombs were disabled before they could be detonated in a busy district of the city. The cars and devices were recovered intact for forensic examination and both were found to contain gasoline canisters, nails, and a mobile phone-based trigger. The next day, two men drove a car laden with propane into a terminal at Glasgow International Airport and set it ablaze. The surviving conspirator was jailed for both incidents. Who was he? More...
Today's Birthday

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893)

Mahalanobis was an Indian scientist and applied statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure he used in his pioneering studies in anthropometry—the study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute and contributed to the design of large scale sample surveys. His survey methods have been used to study things like tea-drinking habits, crop acreage, and what else? More...
Quotation of the Day
What men and women need is encouragement ... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues ... The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920)

Idiom of the Day

go soft

To become overly lenient, easily manipulated, or apathetic; to lose strength or determination. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Peter and Paul Day (2016)

It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and, for this reason, their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed. More...
In the News

Honey Can Be Hazardous to Health

Doctors in Turkey recently treated a father and son suffering from vomiting, dizziness, and cardiac arrhythmia brought on by their consumption of "mad honey," honey derived from the pollens of certain neurotoxin-containing plants. The honey the men had eaten came from the Black Sea region, where bees are known to feed on rhododendrons, some species of which produce grayanotoxins. These toxins bind to sodium channels in cell membranes, causing potentially dangerous heart rhythm disturbances. Though this sort of poisoning is rare, experts advise people to exercise caution when consuming honey produced in regions where grayanotoxin-containing plants are found. More...
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