Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

dabble

Definition:(verb) Work with in an amateurish manner.
Synonyms:smatter, play around
Usage: She dabbles in astronomy, but she does not have any formal training in it.
Article of the Day

Referred Pain

Referred pain is a phenomenon in which pain is felt in an area of the body other than the part where it originated. One well-known example is the jaw, neck, or arm pain often felt during heart attacks, another is the shoulder pain associated with gallstones. A less serious example is "brain freeze," a sudden headache sometimes triggered by eating cold foods. Scientists do not fully understand what causes referred pain, but it is thought to be related to what phenomenon experienced by amputees? More...
This Day in History

8888 Popular Uprising (1988)

In the early 1970s, various insurgent groups controlled about one third of Burma. Economic strife and ethnic tensions throughout the 1970s and 80s led to antigovernment riots that began on August 8, 1988—08-08-88—and led to the resignation of President Ne Win. Succeeding governments failed to restore order, and the military seized control under the name of the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Burma was renamed Myanmar three years later. What 1995 film is set during the 8888 uprising? More...
Today's Birthday

Esther Hobart Morris (1814)

Morris was the first female justice of the peace in the US. A mother of three, she began her tenure as justice in 1870, after the previous justice resigned in protest of Wyoming's passage of the women's suffrage amendment. She attracted national attention and tried some 70 cases, becoming a legendary figure in the suffrage movement. The state of Wyoming officially commemorated her role as a leading suffragist in 1890. Why then is the extent of her contribution to the suffrage movement debated? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can see the humorous side of things and enjoy the fun when it comes; but look where I will, there seems to me always more sadness than joy in life.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

brainwave

A sudden idea or moment of inspiration; a brainstorm. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Rhode Island)

V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) commemorates the anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allies in 1945, ending World War II. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and the Soviet Union's invasion of Manchuria in the previous week made the surrender inevitable. V-J Day is a legal holiday only in the state of Rhode Island, where it is called Victory Day. It is celebrated on the second Monday of August. More...
In the News

Dormant Volcano Erupts in New Zealand

Part of New Zealand's Tongariro National Park, Mount Tongariro is a dormant volcano that until this week had not erupted in over a century. On Monday, the volcano unexpectedly began spewing boulders and ash, disrupting air traffic, closing roads, and blanketing the area in a mess of grey powder. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. Experts do not yet know whether this was an isolated incident or the beginning of a period of increased volcanic activity at the site. More...
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