Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

enchiridion

Definition:(noun) A concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.
Synonyms:handbook, vade mecum
Usage: Over the years, the prisoner had spent time memorizing every enchiridion he could find and had become a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge.
Article of the Day

Salmonella

Salmonella is a certain type of bacteria, several species of which are responsible for typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food poisoning in humans. It is usually contracted from poultry, meat, or raw eggs and from food that has been cooked or frozen and not eaten right away. Salmonella poisoning could also result from handling reptiles, such as iguanas or terrapins, which commonly host the bacteria. According to the US government, what percentage of chickens is contaminated with salmonella? 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
Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

good gracious

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

Pine Battle of Vinuesa (2016)

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

Study: Aerial Drones Flying Overhead Stress Out Black Bears

Black bears display a behavioral response to unmanned aerial drones flying over them, according to a new study. Researchers tracked black bears with GPS collars and cardiac monitors and then flew drones about 20 meters over them to detect their response ... More...
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