Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

constellate

Definition:(verb) To form or cause to form a group or cluster.
Synonyms:cluster, flock, clump
Usage: The poets constellate in this town every summer.
Article of the Day

The Siddhis

Siddhi is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as "perfection," "attainment," or "success." It can be any unusual capability and, in some schools of Hinduism and Buddhism, refers to the acquisition of supernatural powers such as clairvoyance, levitation, and bilocation. Some of the many other siddhis include the ability to materialize objects, change one's size, and access memories from past lives. According to the Yoga Sutras, such powers can be attained in what five ways? More...
This Day in History

US Constitution Signed in Philadelphia (1787)

The US Constitution embodies the fundamental principles upon which the American republic is conducted. It was drawn up at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and signed in 1787, and it was ratified by the required number of states the following year. It superseded the Articles of Confederation in force since 1781 and established the system of federal government that began to function in 1789. It includes seven articles and a preamble. How many amendments have since been adopted? More...
Today's Birthday

Maureen Connolly (1934)

Known as "Little Mo," Connolly was one of America's greatest female tennis players. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the National Girl's Tournament. At 16, she became the youngest player to win the US national singles championship and successfully defended the title in the two years that followed. She also won three straight Wimbledon championships starting in 1952. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. Why did she retire at age 19? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hash slinger

A cook or a waitress, especially at a diner or cheap restaurant. ("Hash," in this sense, refers to a dish or stew of chopped meat and vegetables, not hashish.) Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Monterey Jazz Festival

This festival is a three-day celebration of jazz held since 1958 outside Monterey, California, at the Monterey Fairgrounds, where seven stages accommodate dozens of acts and 40,000 fans. Jimmy Lyons, a West Coast disc jockey, is credited with starting the first festival, and since then it has attracted top jazz artists. Among the many who have appeared are Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, and Pee Wee Russell. Booths outside the arena sell food for every taste, from sweet-potato pies to tacos to beef teriyaki. More...
In the News

Infection Makes Wound Dressing Glow

Scientists have developed a wound dressing that emits a pinkish glow under ultraviolet light to indicate that an infection has developed. The dressing has special molecules that bind to bacteria and activate a fluorescent dye. Whereas the current process for testing a wound for bacterial infection involves laboratory tests and can take days, this gel could alert doctors to the presence of bacteria in just hours. More...
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