Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

perturb

Definition:(verb) Disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed.
Synonyms:cark, disorder, disquiet, unhinge, distract, trouble
Usage: She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill.
Article of the Day

The "From Hell" Letter

In 1888, several women were murdered in the East End section of London and mutilated in ways that suggested the culprit had substantial anatomical knowledge. Authorities received hundreds of letters regarding the murders, including a number of taunting notes purportedly from the killer himself—"Jack the Ripper." However, many of the letters were believed to be hoaxes. One of the few notes thought to be authentic began with the words "from hell" and was delivered with a small box containing what? More...
This Day in History

Honda Motor Company Founded (1948)

In 1946, Japanese mechanic, race car driver, and self-taught engineer Soichiro Honda founded a company that made small, efficient engines. It was incorporated as Honda Motor Co. two years later and originally produced only motorcycles. Its clean-burning CVCC engine created an automotive revolution, and its cars won a large share of the US market after they went on sale in 1963. Today, Honda is one of the world's leading automakers. What else besides cars and motorcycles does Honda manufacture? More...
Today's Birthday

Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine's lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her "Potemkin villages," which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

have a fling (with someone)

To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Marion County Ham Days

This event is a weekend celebration of the famous Kentucky smoked ham, held in Lebanon (Marion County), Kentucky, since 1970. The affair started with a simple country ham breakfast served to about 300 people on the street; now about 50,000 folks show up. Breakfast (ham cured in Marion County, eggs, biscuits with local honey, fried apples) is still served on Saturday and Sunday, but there is more: a "Pigasus Parade" with more than 100 floats, a Pokey Pig 5K run, a crafts and antiques show, a hog-calling contest, a hay-bale toss, and a hot air balloon race. More...
In the News

Twins Joined at the Head Successfully Separated

Surgeons at a British hospital have successfully separated conjoined twins who were born attached to one another at the head. Separating the girls required a series of four complex operations. The first two, performed in May, separated their blood supply. In the third procedure, tissue expanders were inserted under their scalps to stretch the skin so that there would be enough to cover the girls' heads once they were separated. Finally, in mid-August, the girls underwent a 13-hour operation that completed their separation. More...
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