Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

rankle

Definition:(verb) Gnaw into; make resentful or angry.
Synonyms:eat into, grate, fret
Usage: If you were aiming to rankle me with your sexist comments, you succeeded!
Article of the Day

Prince Rupert's Drops

Prince Rupert's Drops are formed when molten glass is dripped into cold water. The glass forms a tadpole-shaped droplet with a long, thin tail, and when the inside cools, it contracts, pressing against the already-solid outer part. Due to the residual stress, the extremely hard bulbous part can withstand a blow from a hammer, but if the tail is damaged even slightly, the entire drop shatters explosively into a fine powder. Prince Rupert did not invent the drops, so why are they named for him? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh (1547)

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh was part of the War of Rough Wooing, the ruthless war launched by Henry VIII against Scotland to force a marriage between Mary Queen of Scots and his son, the future Edward VI. The first "modern" battle to be fought in the British Isles and the last pitched battle between the English and Scottish royal armies, it resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the Scots, who came to call it Black Saturday. After the battle, what happened to the infant Queen Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Sydenham (1624)

Known as "the English Hippocrates," Sydenham was a physician who advocated direct observation instead of theorizing to determine the nature of disease. His conceptions of the causes and treatments of epidemics and his classic descriptions of gout, smallpox, malaria, and other maladies established him as a founder of modern clinical medicine and epidemiology. He introduced laudanum as a medication, helped popularize the use of quinine in treating malaria, and described what "dancing" disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

the happy day

A wedding, or marriage in general. More...
Today's Holiday

La Partita a Scacchi Viventi (Living Chess Game)

Every two years, the main piazza in Marostica, Italy, is transformed into a giant chessboard. More than 500 townspeople wearing elaborate medieval costumes portray chessmen and act out a living game. Thousands of spectators watch from bleachers, cheering loudly when a castle is lost and moaning when there is an impending checkmate. The local players begin rehearsing in March; some start out as pawns and over the years work their way up to become knights, kings, and queens. The moves in the game are spoken in an ancient dialect, including the final scácco matto! (checkmate). More...
In the News

Depression May Be Underdiagnosed in Men

Women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression, but this is not necessarily indicative of actual depression rates. Some studies have suggested that men and women exhibit different symptoms when depressed, with men more likely to show signs of anger, self-destruction, self-distractions, and irritability than sadness. When researchers take into account these alternative depression symptoms, in addition to the traditionally recognized ones, they find that approximately the same percentage of men and women—31% and 33% respectively—meet the criteria for the diagnosis. More...
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