Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

raconteur

Definition:(noun) One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
Synonyms:anecdotist
Usage: Dave is quite the raconteur and will no doubt keep my guests entertained throughout the evening.
Article of the Day

Princess Caraboo

"Princess Caraboo" was a famous imposter in 19th-century England. Her real-name was Mary Baker, and she was a cobbler's daughter. She invented a fictitious language and created an exotic persona, claiming to be Princess Caraboo from the island of Javasu. She alleged that she had been captured by pirates but managed to jump from their ship and swim to safety. For several weeks, Princess Caraboo enjoyed the hospitality and company of local society. How was her true identity finally uncovered? More...
This Day in History

Mary Surratt Hanged for Role in Lincoln Assassination (1865)

When Surratt was hanged for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, she became the first woman executed by the US federal government. Today, her execution is generally considered to have been a gross miscarriage of justice. During her trial, prosecutors failed to establish that she knew of John Wilkes Booth's unsuccessful plot to abduct Lincoln, and it is now widely believed that she was not a party to the assassination plans either. What happened to her son, who also stood accused? More...
Today's Birthday

Camillo Golgi (1843)

An Italian physician and cytologist, Golgi devised a way to stain nerve tissue and, using the technique, was able to clearly observe a neuron, now called a Golgi cell, along with its axon and dendrites branching off. The discovery led to the identification of the neuron as the basic structural unit of the nervous system. He also discovered the Golgi tendon organ and the Golgi apparatus. He shared the 1906 Nobel Prize with Santiago Ramón y Cajal. What discovery did Golgi make about malaria? More...
Quotation of the Day
No enemy is worse than bad advice.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

go at (something)

To engage in or undertake something with great energy, enthusiasm, or vigor. More...
Today's Holiday

Tanabata (2016)

This Japanese festival is based on a Chinese legend of parted lovers who are identified with two of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega, representing a weaver-princess, who is permitted by the king to marry the simple cowherd, Altair. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers are able to meet. The festival is observed throughout Japan, with people hanging colorful strips of paper on bamboo branches outside their homes. It is an especially colorful occasion in Sendai, where it occurs a month later, on August 6-8. The whole city is decked out with paper streamers and works of origami. More...
In the News

Watch Your TV Watching

With all the known health implications of a sedentary lifestyle, it may come as little surprise that excessive TV watching is tied to a higher risk of premature death. However, it appears that not all seated activities are created equal. Adults who watch three or more hours of TV a day are twice as likely to suffer a premature death as those who watch an hour or less, yet those who spend similar amounts of time behind the wheel or using a computer are not nearly as predisposed to an early death. More...
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