Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

off-key

Definition:(adjective) Inaccurate in pitch.
Synonyms:sour, false
Usage: Her wailing, off-key vocals made me cringe.
Article of the Day

Tollund Man

Tollund Man is the naturally mummified corpse of a man who lived around the 4th century BCE. He was found in 1950 in a peat bog on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. His head and face were so well-preserved by the bog that he was mistaken at the time of the discovery for a recent murder victim. He wore a sheepskin cap, his hair was cropped very short, and stubble on his chin and upper lip indicated that he had not shaved on the day of his death. How did this man end up dead in the bog? More...
This Day in History

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Founded (1960)

OPEC is a multinational organization that was established in 1960 to coordinate the petroleum production and export policies of its original members, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Other nations have since joined the organization. In 1973, OPEC began a series of oil price increases in retaliation for Western support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War, and its members' income greatly increased as a result. What member country withdrew from OPEC in 2008? More...
Today's Birthday

María Capovilla (1889)

Capovilla was an Ecuadorian supercentenarian whose life spanned three centuries. At the time of her death shortly before her 117th birthday in 2006, she was recognized as the world's oldest living person. She was also the last remaining documented person born in the 1880s. At age 100, Capovilla nearly died and was given last rites by a priest, but she recovered and lived in good health for another 16 years. She had 20 great-grandchildren and how many great-great-grandchildren? More...
Quotation of the Day
There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

find (something) out the hard way

To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant. Can also be phrased as "find out about something the hard way." More...
Today's Holiday

Nicaragua Battle of San Jacinto Day (2016)

In Nicaragua, September 14 is a national holiday dedicated to the anniversary of the independence of Central America and the battle at San Jacinto. Starting at 7:30 in the morning, the president awards the Presidential Medallion to the best students and teachers from around the country at the Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo Segundo. Marching bands from 100 schools in the capital and bands from the National Army and the Police participate in a parade that day. More...
In the News

Insulin Spray Helps Alzheimer's Patients in Study

The results of a recent study suggest that a daily dose of intranasal insulin could help improve memory skills in people suffering from Alzheimer's-linked memory problems. It found that people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease or a pre-Alzheimer's condition known as amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) who used the insulin spray for four months either improved slightly or remained the same in tests of memory. Further investigation is needed before any definitive conclusions about the effectiveness of this treatment can be drawn, but researchers find these preliminary results encouraging. More...
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