Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

visage

Definition:(noun) The face or facial expression of a person.
Synonyms:physiognomy, smiler, kisser, phiz, countenance, mug
Usage: A small bonnet of black silk … was placed on the back of her head, but so as not to shade her visage in the least.
Article of the Day

The Pacinian Corpuscle

Pacinian corpuscles are mechanoreceptors found in the skin of the fingers and other parts of the body. About .04 inches (1 mm) long and formed of concentric layers of connective tissue, the small oval bodies are responsible for sensitivity to pressure. In the center of each is a single nerve ending. These corpuscles are especially sensitive to vibrations, which they can sense even from short distances. What helpful mechanism keeps us from constantly sensing the pressure exerted by our clothing? More...
This Day in History

The Concordat of Worms (1122)

The Concordat of Worms was an agreement reached by Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V that put an end to the first phase of the power struggle between Rome and what was becoming the Holy Roman Empire. Under its terms, the king was recognized as having the right to invest bishops "by the lance" but not "by ring and staff," meaning he could grant them secular but not sacred authority. What message about the divine right of kings did the concordat convey? More...
Today's Birthday

Mickey Rooney (1920)

Rooney was an American actor who began his career when he was just 17 months old, as part of his family's vaudeville act, and made his film debut at 6. He went on to star in 50 RKO short comedies, and his diminutive size allowed him to play boys until he was nearly 30. From 1937, he played the cocky, energetic Andy Hardy in a series of popular films, often teamed with Judy Garland. In 1983, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. What was Rooney's name at birth? More...
Quotation of the Day
Enough is equal to a feast.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

have a fable for (something)

To have a strong or particular preference, affinity, or weakness for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival (2016)

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is California's oldest wine festival, held since the late 1890s in Sonoma, the cradle of the state's wine industry. It is located in Sonoma Valley, which Jack London made famous as the "Valley of the Moon." In the 1850s, Hungarian nobleman Count Agoston Haraszthy planted thousands of cuttings from European grape vines to establish the Buena Vista Winery, now the state's oldest premium winery. The three-day festival includes wine tastings, parades, live music, a blessing of the grapes, a firemen's water fight, and grape stomps. More...
In the News

Painkillers Behind that Killer Headache

As many as a million people in the UK suffer from severe headaches caused by overusing painkillers. These "medication overuse headaches" often trap sufferers in a vicious cycle, as instinctively reaching for more painkillers to treat these headaches only compounds the problem. Overuse headaches tend to become an issue in patients who use pain medication 10 to 15 days a month. Doctors in the UK are currently advised to have patients with such headaches immediately discontinue the use of all pain medications, but this can leave those who also suffer from regular migraines or tension headaches without relief for some time. More...
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