Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

higgledy-piggledy

Definition:(adjective) In utter disorder.
Synonyms:hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy, disorderly
Usage: My mother ordered me to straighten up my room and get rid of the higgledy-piggledy piles of clothing littering my floor.
Article of the Day

Snoring

Snoring occurs when the soft palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils, or muscles in the back of the throat rub against each other and generate vibrations during sleep. One in five adults is a chronic snorer, and nearly half of normal adults snore occasionally. The likelihood that a person snores increases with age, and about half of people over 60 snore regularly. Snoring can sometimes be remedied by sleeping on one's side rather than on one's back. What are some treatment methods for more serious cases? More...
This Day in History

Russian State Library Founded (1862)

The Russian State Library in Moscow is the largest library in Europe and the second largest in the world, behind the Library of Congress. Its collection of more than 43 million items in 248 languages includes more than 17 million books, brochures, and serials; 13 million journals; and 650,000 newspapers. Its specialized collections feature maps, art publications, printed music, and manuscripts. The library was named after what Russian revolutionary before being given its current name in 1992? More...
Today's Birthday

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweiss (1818)

Semmelweiss was a Hungarian physician who pioneered the use of antiseptics in obstetrical clinics. While working at a Vienna hospital, he became convinced that physicians were transmitting puerperal fever, also called childbed fever, to patients and began insisting that doctors thoroughly cleanse their hands. Though this greatly reduced the mortality rate from infection in childbirth, he was widely ridiculed by his colleagues and left Vienna. When was the value of his work finally recognized? More...
Quotation of the Day
How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love? Are their first poems their best? Or are not those the best which come from their fuller thought, their larger experience, their deeper-rooted affections?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

go stir-crazy

To become acutely anxious, restless, irritable, irrational, and/or depressed from remaining for too long in an unstimulating, confined, and/or isolated environment. "Stir" in this usage is a slang word for prison. More...
Today's Holiday

Canada Day (2016)

The British North America Act went into effect on July 1, 1867, uniting Upper Canada (now called Ontario), Lower Canada (now Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a British dominion. Canadians celebrate this day with parades and picnics, somewhat similar to Fourth of July festivities in the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, which are on opposite sides of the Detroit River and are connected by a tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge, this is also one of the days on which the International Freedom Festival is held. More...
In the News

Feast Your Eyes on This

Food tastes different depending on the utensils used to serve and eat it. Previous research has shown that crockery can influence our perceptions of foods, and new evidence suggests that cutlery plays a role as well. Cutlery's size, weight, shape, and color were all found to affect flavor perceptions. Food was rated as sweeter when it was eaten with a small spoon traditionally reserved for desserts, and cheese was perceived as saltier when served on a knife as opposed to a spoon, fork, or toothpick. In addition, the mere weight of a spoon was enough to influence the perceived density and sweetness of yogurt, as was the color contrast between the yogurt and the utensil. More...
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