Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

hypersensitive

Definition:(adjective) Having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor).
Synonyms:allergic
Usage: I am hypersensitive to pollen and suffer terribly from a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes during the spring.
Article of the Day

Benjamin Britten

Considered the most significant British composer since Henry Purcell, Britten first won international acclaim in 1937 for his Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra. His operas, admired for their skillful setting of English words and their orchestral interludes, include The Rape of Lucretia, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice. In 1976, he became the first British composer in history to be ennobled. What honor did he decline? More...
This Day in History

Foundation Stone Laid for Cologne Cathedral in Germany (1248)

The Cologne Cathedral is the largest in northern Europe. It contains the paintings of Stephen Lochner and is believed to hold the relics of the Wise Men of the East. Built in the Gothic style, it was begun in 1248 on the site of an older church. The nave and two spires—each of which is 515 ft (157 m) high—were included in the original plans but built later, between 1842 and 1880. For the next four years, it was the tallest structure in the world. What destroyed the original church in 1248? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Child (1912)

Child was an American chef, author, and TV personality who introduced French cooking to the American public. She began studying French cuisine while her husband was stationed in France on a diplomatic assignment and attended Paris's famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. In 1961, she cowrote the bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking and soon began hosting a series of educational TV programs, including what show that transformed her into an Emmy-winning public-broadcasting star? More...
Quotation of the Day
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

get a big head

To become arrogant or conceited; to assume an exaggeratedly high opinion of oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)

On this day, Malta celebrates the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, a national holiday that commemorates the success of Operation Pedestal. Many believe that it was through the intervention of Our Lady that Operation Pedestal was able to succeed. Church services across the country start with a prayer of thanksgiving, and the names of the five surviving merchant ships are read. The holiday is celebrated festa style—with fireworks, decorated streets, and carts throughout the villages selling many different foods, including traditional sweets and delicacies. More...
In the News

Gene Therapy Allows Immune Cells to Fight Leukemia

Researchers are reporting the first successful treatment of leukemia patients using their own immune cells genetically engineered to target a molecule found on the surface of their cancer cells. Of the three patients treated using this method, all of whom had late-stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia, two have been in remission for up to a year and the third improved but still has some cancer. In addition, the engineered T-cells, some of which turned into memory T-cells, were detected in the patients' blood months after the treatment, meaning they could be protected should the cancer recur in the future. More...
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