Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

turndown

Definition:(noun) The act of refusing an offer.
Synonyms:nonacceptance
Usage: The turndown was polite but very firm, leaving no doubt that Roger thought our salary proposal was insufficient.
Article of the Day

Human Mail

Traveling by mail is both dangerous and illegal, yet several people throughout history braved the risks anyway. One famous case was that of Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped slavery in 1849 by shipping himself to an area of the US where slavery had been outlawed. Just a few years ago, a man escaped a German prison by mail. Though it is fairly rare in actuality, scenarios involving human mail frequently appear in works of fiction. What children's book features a protagonist who travels by mail? More...
This Day in History

Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking Eight Gold Medals (2008)

Phelps is an American swimmer who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, broke the record for the number of gold medals won at a single Olympics. He won gold in every one of his eight events, surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In seven of his races, Phelps set world records. By adding four gold and two silver medals in London in 2012, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever. Who had previously held the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Fermat (1601)

A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat's Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. For how many years did the theorem remain unproven? More...
Quotation of the Day
Circus, n.: A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women, and children acting the fool.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. More...
Today's Holiday

Baekjung

In Korea, the 15th, or full moon day, of the seventh lunar month is observed with Buddhist and folk agricultural traditions. Baekjung means "one hundred kinds," referring to the great number of fruits, vegetables, and grains that flourish at this time of year. In farming areas, people celebrate this day as a "weeding party" often called Homi Ssisi or Homi ssiggi—"hoe cleaning," since, by this time in the season, most of the hard work of farming is completed. The farm worker judged to be the hardest worker is feted with a parade around the village. More...
In the News

Possible Vaccine Cure for Juvenile Diabetes

Experts are divided on the significance of the results of an early-stage trial investigating a cure for type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, but the researchers say that a tuberculosis vaccine in use since 1921 could be the key. Treatment with the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine appeared to reverse the disease and temporarily restore insulin production in patients who had been diabetic for as many as 15 years. The effects of the treatment lasted about one week. Researchers believe that the vaccine does this by destroying rogue immune cells that attack insulin-producing cells. More...
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