Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

titter

Definition:(verb) To laugh in a restrained, nervous way.
Synonyms:giggle
Usage: Mention sex therapy and most people will titter with embarrassment.
Article of the Day

Soapy Smith

One of the best-known con men of the American Old West, Smith established criminal empires in Colorado and Alaska. His nickname comes from his main scam, in which he duped townsfolk into thinking he was selling them soap cakes wrapped in money. His cronies in the crowd would then buy all of the money-wrapped cakes, leaving paper-wrapped soaps for everyone else. However, Smith's seedy ways were his undoing, and he was shot in 1898 after stealing a miner's gold. What were his last words? More...
This Day in History

"BTK" Serial Killer Dennis Rader Pleads Guilty to 10 Murders (2005)

Rader was a city employee, married father of two, Boy Scout leader, and an active churchgoer—and a serial killer. From 1974 to 1991, he killed 10 people in and around Wichita, Kansas. In 2004, after years of silence, he resumed taunting police and local media with letters describing the murders. In February 2005, police used information on a floppy disk he had sent them to locate and arrest him. He pled guilty that June. Five days after his arrest, he was fired from his job—for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Lafcadio Hearn (1850)

Born in Greece and educated in Ireland, Hearn immigrated to the US at age 19 and lived in poverty for a time until he found employment as a journalist. He was a colorful but morbidly discontented man, admired for his highly polished tales of the macabre. In 1890, a magazine sent him to Japan, where he married a Japanese woman, took a Japanese name, and became a citizen. His subsequent books offered the West its first thoughtful view of Japanese culture. What partial disability did he have? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

ink-slinger

slang A writer, especially one who produces a large amount of low-quality material for a living. More...
Today's Holiday

Djibouti Independence Day (2017)

On this day in 1977, Djibouti gained autonomy from France, after more than 100 years under French rule. It is observed as a national holiday. More...
In the News

Diabetes Vaccine Holds Promise

A small, preliminary study of an experimental vaccine that targets the immune cells responsible for the development of type 1 diabetes has had promising results. In this type of diabetes, the immune system, instead of defending the body against infection, attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The vaccine uses DNA plasmids to shut down the portion of the immune system involved in this process. Suppressing the immune system can leave patients vulnerable to infections and even cancer, but because this vaccine has such a specific target, researchers are hopeful that it will prove safe and effective. More...
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