Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

disheveled

Definition:(adjective) In disarray; extremely disorderly.
Synonyms:frowzled, rumpled, tousled
Usage: With tender hands Mercy smoothed the disheveled hair and arranged the crumpled dress.
Article of the Day

Alien Hand Syndrome

Normally, the two sides of the brain are able to coordinate both sides of the body by communicating. When the connection between them is damaged—such as during surgery or a stroke—alien hand syndrome can result. The rare neurological disorder causes one of the patient's hands to appear to have a mind of its own. The hand performs inexplicable tasks, sometimes undoing what the other has done, without the patient's conscious control. What household item can reduce symptoms when placed on the hand? More...
This Day in History

US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Incident (2007)

In 2007, six cruise missiles with nuclear warheads were mistakenly loaded onto a US Air Force bomber and transported from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana without the knowledge the flight crew. A military investigation of the incident found that a number of procedures for handling nuclear weapons had been carried out improperly by numerous service members. Disciplinary actions were taken against many officers, including what high-ranking officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ingrid Bergman (1915)

Bergman was a Swedish actress who specialized in portrayals of strong, sophisticated women. Her radiance and unaffected charm made her a star in films such as Casablanca, Gaslight, and Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious. A scandal caused by her affair with director Roberto Rossellini kept her off the US screen for seven years and forced her to return to Europe until 1956, when she made her successful Hollywood comeback in Anastasia. How many Academy Awards did she win? More...
Quotation of the Day
You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

halfway decent

Somewhat good, useful, or enjoyable, but not very; passable. More...
Today's Holiday

Burning Man (2016)

Burning Man is a counterculture festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, conceived by Larry Harvey in 1986 to honor the Summer Solstice. It has since become a populist phenomenon, where participants set up a temporary "city," creating their own community. People are expected to interact with one another, produce and display artwork, play music, do sponteneous performances—as long as they actively participate. The 50-foot-high Man towers over Black Rock City until the climax of the festival on Saturday night, when the figure is ignited and the Man becomes a fiery blaze. More...
In the News

France Opens Murder Inquiry into Yasser Arafat's Death

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 at the age of 75 in a French military hospital. Although the cause of death was not initially released, reports later surfaced indicating that he had died of a stroke. However, his family has requested an inquiry to investigate claims that he was poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive isotope. Traces of the isotope were recently found by Swiss scientists on some of Arafat's belongings, including his trademark keffiyeh. More...
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