Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

contusion

Definition:(noun) An injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration.
Synonyms:bruise
Usage: The purple and green contusion on my arm looks much worse than it actually feels.
Article of the Day

Casu Marzu

A traditional Sardinian delicacy, casu marzu is pecorino cheese that has been intentionally infested with live cheese fly larvae. The cheese itself is soft, having been partially decomposed by the larvae. It is readily available on the black market in Sardinia, where it is considered an aphrodisiac and served with red wine. Some choose to cover casu marzu with one hand while eating it, as the larvae can leap up to 6 in (15 cm). Resistant to human stomach acids, the larvae can do what when eaten? More...
This Day in History

Riot at Ten-Cent Beer Night (1974)

In a disastrous effort to increase ticket sales, the Cleveland Indians decided to hold a "Ten-Cent Beer Night," allowing attendees to purchase unlimited cups of beer for just 10 cents each, during a home game against the Texas Rangers. The promotion did boost attendance, however, it also created a stadium full of drunken spectators who disrupted early innings of the game with streaking and flashing. Eventually, a violent mob flooded the field and clashed with players. How did the game end? More...
Today's Birthday

Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867)

Mannerheim was a Finnish-born soldier and statesman. A career officer in the Russian imperial army from 1889 to 1917, he went on to command the anti-Bolshevik forces in the Finnish Civil War and expelled the Soviet forces, serving as regent of Finland until the new republic was declared. He served as commander-in-chief of Finnish forces in the Russo-Finnish War and was named president of Finland in 1944, after which he negotiated a peace agreement with the Soviets. Why did he resign in 1946? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

a wild goose never laid a tame egg

Something will not be spontaneously different from that which came before. The phrase is used to describe things that are determined by nature and the environment, or else inherited from the generation before. More...
Today's Holiday

Malaysia Birthday of SPB Yangdi-Pertuan Agong (2016)

Malaysia practices a system of government based on a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the king, also known as Seri Paduka Baginda (SPB) Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Although the term "king" is used, this is not a hereditary position—the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected to a five-year term. Every year, the first Saturday in June is set aside as a national holiday in Malaysia to celebrate the birthday of the current and past SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agongs. More...
In the News

Cancer Cases Projected to Rise 75 Percent by 2030

A new report from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) predicts that the incidence of cancer worldwide will grow by 75 percent by the year 2030. The increase is expected to be even greater in poorly developed countries, where people are now living long enough to develop cancers associated with aging and where rising living standards could lead to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits linked with certain cancers. In some parts of the world, the number of cancer cases is expected to increase by as much as 93 percent. More...
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