Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

cross-grained

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to deal with.
Synonyms:contrarious
Usage: Gabriel Grub was an ill-conditioned, cross-grained, surly fellow—a morose and lonely man, who consorted with nobody but himself.
Article of the Day

Median Lethal Dose

In toxicology, a median lethal dose is the quantity of an agent that will kill, within a specified time period, 50 percent of the individuals in a given population. The median lethal dose of a substance is often cited as a measure of how acutely toxic a substance is and is expressed as the amount of substance per kilogram of bodyweight. For instance, the median lethal dose of dioxin is .02 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight in rats. How much table sugar is considered a median lethal dose? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Kittinger is a former command pilot and career military officer in the US Air Force known for setting a number of records, including highest parachute jump and fastest speed reached by a human traveling through the atmosphere. In 1960, as part of the Air Force's Project Excelsior, he jumped from a balloon nearly 20 miles above the earth and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before opening his parachute. In 2012, 84-year-old Kittinger participated in what historic event? More...
Today's Birthday

Christian Mortensen (1882)

When Mortensen died at the age of 115 years and 252 days, he was the oldest man who had ever lived whose age is undisputed. Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1882 and immigrated to the US in 1903. He worked in various trades until he retired in 1950. Twenty-eight years later, at the age of 96, he reportedly rode his bicycle to a retirement home in San Rafael, California, where he lived for the rest of his life. What advice for living a long life did Mortensen give on his 115th birthday? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

good gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Pine Battle of Vinuesa

The Pine Battle or Pinochada of Vinuesa in the province of Soria, Spain, takes place where King Juan I located his main residence in the 14th century. On August 16, the final day of the festival, there is a ceremonial mock battle in which the women of Vinuesa attack the men with pine branches. Centuries ago, when an image of the Virgin was found between two pine trees near the boundary between Vinuesa and Covaleda, a quarrel broke out over who would keep the image. The women tore branches from the pine trees and used them to strike their opponents, thus winning the battle for Vinuesa. More...
In the News

Athletes Who Travel End Up Sick

Traveling to new environments, particularly those more than five time zones away, for athletic competitions makes even top competitors sick. It is commonly believed that exposure to germs in the confined space of an aircraft is what sickens travelers, but experts say that in all likelihood athletes are actually succumbing to the unfamiliar germs found at their destination. Researchers ruled out airplanes as the source of sickness after finding that athletes fell ill more frequently when traveling away from home than they did after their return trip. More...
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