Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

strabismus

Definition:(noun) Abnormal alignment of one or both eyes.
Synonyms:squint
Usage: Andrew's strabismus has hampered his vision for years, but he is finally exploring the medical options available to correct the defect.
Article of the Day

The Mafeking Cadet Corps

During South Africa's Second Boer War, British Colonel Robert Baden-Powell was charged with defending the town of Mafeking in a 217-day siege that began in 1899. Baden-Powell, who would go on to create the Boy Scout movement eight years later, utilized a team of local boys as volunteers to support the troops, assist in hospitals, and act as lookouts. Led by young Warner Goodyear, the uniformed cadets delivered messages on their bicycles amid incoming shells. Were any of them killed? More...
This Day in History

Weatherman's Days of Rage Begin (1969)

The Days of Rage were a series of violent anti-war protests in Chicago that coincided with the trial of the Chicago Eight, a group of protesters charged with conspiring to incite a riot. The Days of Rage were organized by Weatherman—later known as the Weather Underground—a radical faction of Students for a Democratic Society. Despite efforts to promote the event, the protesters were outnumbered by police, and many were arrested. What statue was blown up in the days leading up to the protests? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883)

Warburg was a German physiologist, Nobel Prize winner, and director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute—now the Max Planck Institute—for cell physiology in Berlin. He was known for his investigation of the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells. His hypothesis that cancer cells switch from normal cellular respiration to glycolysis, the conversion of sugars, is now a noted phenomenon. In his later years, Warburg was said to have become somewhat eccentric and to have eaten only what? More...
Quotation of the Day
This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

(as) quick as a bunny

Incredibly quickly or speedily. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Independence Day (2017)

This holiday is celebrated in Croatia to mark the day in 1991 that the Croatian Parliament voted to cut constitutional ties with Yugoslavia. The Croatians had declared their independence three months earlier, on June 25 (Croatia Statehood Day), but a three-month moratorium was placed on implementation of the decision to give European negotiators a chance to broker an agreement. Those talks failed, and Croatia proceeded with its plan for independence. Offices, businesses, and schools in Croatia are closed on Independence Day. More...
In the News

Fewer American Teens Drinking and Driving

Teen drinking and driving rates in the US have fallen 54 percent over the past 20 years, from 22.3 percent in 1991 to just 10.3 percent in 2011. Much of the change has been attributed to tougher drunk driving laws and driving restrictions for young drivers. The fact that high school students are also driving less nowadays, possibly as a result of higher prices at the pump and the poor economy, may also have played a role. It is hoped that this downward trend in drinking and driving will continue, as too many teens, nearly one million last year, still get behind the wheel after drinking. More...
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