Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

garrulity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being wordy and talkative.
Synonyms:loquacity, talkativeness
Usage: With the confidential garrulity of a man who has dined too well, he plunged into his darling topic, and I looked past him at the clock.
Article of the Day

Imhotep

Imhotep was an Egyptian polymath who lived in the 27th century BCE and served as chief minister to the Egyptian king Djoser. He is remembered as a skilled physician, sage, and astrologer, as well as the architect of the step-pyramid at Saqqara, the first pyramid ever constructed. He was deified around the time of the Persian conquest in 525 BCE, and his cult reached its zenith in Greco-Roman times, when he was linked to Asclepius. He may have been the first to use what structure in architecture? More...
This Day in History

The Los Alfaques Disaster (1978)

The Los Alfaques disaster was an explosion that took place near a campsite in Tarragona, Spain, when a leaking tanker truck loaded with 23 tons of highly flammable liquid propylene ignited. This resulted in a massive explosion and fireball that reached over 1000° F (538° C) and destroyed everything within a 1000-ft (300-m) radius. It killed 217 people, including the truck's driver, and severely burned more than 200. What regulations were later instituted to prevent future disasters of this sort? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561)

Góngora was a poet of the Spanish Golden Age who successfully wove Renaissance and popular poetry into an original and elegant form. Very influential in his era, he developed the difficult, complex poetic style that became known as Gongorism. It provoked enmity from many of his contemporaries and was so exaggerated by less gifted imitators that his reputation suffered until the 20th century. He has since been called Spain's greatest poet. What is his most famous work? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

a lean patch

A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the Flemish Community

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. The Flemish Community celebrates its heritage on the anniversary of The Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. On the feast day, all Flemish governmental offices close for the holiday. Various cities, municipalities, and private groups hold cultural events; local Flemings and those resettled throughout the world pause to give a toast to Flanders; and many gather to hear the minister-president of the Flemish Community deliver a speech marking the anniversary. More...
In the News

Chemical Cause of Sunburn Soreness

Anyone who has ever suffered a serious sunburn knows that it hurts, but now scientists say they have begun to unravel why sunburns are so painful. They have pinpointed a chemical in the body, CXCL5, that triggers pain and is produced when the skin is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Further testing on rats showed that a neutralizing antibody that targeted this chemical could reduce the sensitivity to pain caused by UVB irradiation. The findings could help researchers develop pain medications for a variety of conditions, particularly those associated with inflammation, such as arthritis. More...
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