Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

truant

Definition:(noun) Someone who shirks duty.
Synonyms:nonattender, no-show
Usage: As the two truants rolled up the avenue ... the sense of duties neglected added zest to their holiday.
Article of the Day

Gray's Anatomy

Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, commonly known as Gray's Anatomy, is widely regarded as a classic medical reference book. Due to the Anatomy Act of 1832, Henry Gray—an anatomist and teacher in London—was able to dissect unclaimed corpses from workhouses and form the basis of his book. First published under the title Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical in 1858, his text has been expanded and reprinted numerous times. What disease claimed Gray's life when he was only 34? 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
We are the sons and daughters of the world they saved. [Now is our moment] to make common cause with other countries to ensure a world of peace and prosperity for yet another generation.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

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) (2016)

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

Neck Manipulations Associated with Strokes

Neck manipulations are occasionally used by chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the neck and upper back and are generally considered relatively safe; however, a recent review of data from four large studies finds an association between these treatments and strokes in young and middle-aged adults. One possible explanation for this finding is that these manipulations cause or exacerbate tears, or "dissections," in the cervical arteries, but it is also possible that the head and neck pains that caused these patients to seek neck manipulation therapy were actually the early, unrecognized symptoms of a stroke. More...
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