Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 2, 2012)
Word of the Day

unskillful

Definition:(adjective) Poorly done.
Synonyms:botchy, butcherly
Usage: I am afraid that what was first done was unskillful, if not worse than useless.
Article of the Day

Lichtenberg Figures

Named for German physicist Georg Lichtenberg, Lichtenberg figures are branching, lightning-like fractal patterns that can appear on or in insulating materials, such as glass, after an electrical discharge. They are also sometimes found on the skin of lightning strike victims in the form of intricate patterns thought to be caused by damage to small blood vessels along the path of the current. In capturing the figures on paper, Lichtenberg discovered the principle behind what modern technology? More...
This Day in History

The Twilight Zone Premieres on CBS (1959)

A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show's most celebrated episodes? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (1890)

Marx and his brothers entered show business with their mother as a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. Later in his career, he enjoyed success as host of the TV game show You Bet Your Life, which was mainly a showcase for his witty banter with contestants. By the end of his career, he had become an instantly recognizable cultural institution who was lauded by individuals as disparate as Johnny Carson and T. S. Eliot. What event that occurred three days earlier overshadowed his 1977 death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

let the good times roll

To have as much fun or live life as richly as possible. (Often said as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Independence Day (2017)

Guinea became an independent republic on this day in 1958, after having been a French colony since the late 19th century. Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated all over the country with parades, dances, and sports competitions, especially in the capital city of Conakry. More...
In the News

Mice May Hold Key to Scar-Free Healing

In the same way that some lizards shed appendages to escape predators that have managed to grab hold of them, certain creatures actually shed their skin in order to get away. The African spiny mouse is one such mammal. Its skin tears easily under low tension, yet even when large patches of skin are lost, the tissue grows back quickly and without scarring. Missing hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and cartilage are also regenerated during this process. It is possible that mammals have a greater capacity for regeneration than we know and that understanding the process could lead to ways to promote scarless healing in humans. More...
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