Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

perspire

Definition:(verb) To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.
Synonyms:sudate, sweat
Usage: The air-conditioning was broken in his car, and he began to perspire heavily in the heat.
Article of the Day

The Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone is an oblong block of red sandstone upon which the kings of Scotland were once crowned. According to tradition, the stone was used by Jacob as a pillow when he dreamt of a ladder to heaven and was the coronation stone of early kings of Ireland. It was taken to Scotland and housed in Scone Abbey near Perth until Edward I of England took it to London’s Westminster Abbey in 1296 and had it fitted into the Coronation Chair. In what year was the Stone of Scone returned to Scotland? More...
This Day in History

Louis Pasteur Successfully Tests His Rabies Vaccine (1885)

Pasteur was a pioneer in the field of germ theory. In 1881, the inventor of pasteurization perfected a way to isolate and weaken germs, and he went on to develop a vaccine against anthrax in sheep. He soon turned his attention to researching rabies. In 1885, he inoculated a 9-year-old boy who had been badly mauled by a rabid dog. The vaccine likely prevented the boy from contracting rabies, which then meant certain death. How did Pasteur's chickens accidentally get vaccinated against cholera? More...
Today's Birthday

Merv Griffin (1925)

Originally a singer and nightclub performer, Griffin first achieved wider fame in the early 1950s with the hit song I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. He then shifted his focus to television, hosting The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986. He created the popular game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and wrote the latter's famous theme song. Later, he invested in casinos, resorts, and hotels. What humorous epitaph was inscribed on his gravestone? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe...We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

does (exactly) what it says on the tin

(Something) does precisely what it claims or is supposed to do. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days (2017)

The Battle of Gettysburg on July 1–3, 1863, marked a turning point in the American Civil War. The battle did not end the war, but the Confederate army was turned back, and it never recovered from its losses. With 51,000 casualties and 5,000 dead horses, it ranks as the bloodiest battle in American history. Every year since 1983 the anniversary of the battle has been commemorated at the Gettysburg National Military Park. There are band concerts, a Civil War battle reenactment, lectures by nationally known historians, and a Civil War collectors' show. More...
In the News

Engineering Everlasting Life

According to Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and the chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, scientists are well on their way to "curing" aging. He believes that advances in technologies such as gene and stem cell therapies will be able to stave off or repair molecular and cellular damage that accumulates throughout the body over time, thereby extending life indefinitely. Though his work has been dismissed by some as pseudoscience, the $20,000 prize offered in 2005 to anyone who shows that de Grey's theory is "so wrong that it is unworthy of learned debate" has yet to be claimed. More...
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