Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 7, 2012)
Word of the Day

sashay

Definition:(verb) To walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others.
Synonyms:prance, strut, swagger, tittup, ruffle, cock
Usage: She sashayed around the room flaunting her designer dress and impeccably coiffed hair.
Article of the Day

Mycology

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million species of fungus on Earth, only a fraction of which have yet been described. The study of fungi, called mycology, has important applications in the dairy, wine, and baking industries, as well as in the production of dyes and inks. Fungi can cause diseases, but can also be medically beneficial. Mycological research has led to the development of such antibiotics as penicillin and tetracycline. What mushroom naturally contains a cholesterol-lowering drug? More...
This Day in History

Most Lopsided College Football Game in US History (1916)

In 1916, Tennessee's tiny Cumberland University canceled its football program, disbanding its team. Nevertheless, Georgia Tech's football coach, John Heisman, threatened the school with a $3,000 fine—a large sum of money at the time—if its team failed to show up to their scheduled game. Cumberland was forced to recruit new players to face Georgia Tech, and the trouncing they received is said to have been revenge for a baseball game in which Cumberland allegedly cheated. What was the final score? More...
Today's Birthday

Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, AKA Joe Hill (1879)

A Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter in the early 1900s, Hill penned songs such as "The Preacher and the Slave," in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky." In 1915, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing a grocer and his son. To the labor movement, Hill's execution made him a martyr. Because he did not want to be buried in Utah, his ashes were shipped to supporters around the world. What intriguing evidence, found in his coat, seemed to support his innocence? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have a light heart

To have a carefree, uplifted attitude; to be in a happy or gladdened state or condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Cowboys Parade (2017)

A salute to the black cowboys who helped settle the West has been held since 1975 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of mounted cowboys and marching bands participate in the parade, the only one of its kind in the nation. There are also arts and crafts exhibits and food booths. More...
In the News

Black Mamba's Deadly Venom Potent Painkiller

The venom of Africa's lethal black mamba could be the key to producing a painkiller as potent as morphine but with fewer unwanted side-effects. Scientists were able to isolate pain-relieving proteins called mambalgins from the snake's venom and found them to be an effective painkiller in mice. Humans and mice have fairly similar pain pathways, leading researchers to believe that mambalgins would produce a similar effect if administered to people. More...
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