Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

augury

Definition:(noun) A sign of something coming; an omen.
Synonyms:foretoken, preindication
Usage: Many analysts see the dire unemployment statistics as an augury of a continued recession.
Article of the Day

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in your hands and do a lot of typing or knitting, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Short, repetitive finger and wrist movements are among the causes of this painful condition, as they irritate and inflame the flexor tendons, causing compression of the median nerve in a part of the wrist called the "carpal tunnel." What are some preventative steps one can take to try and minimize the risk of developing the condition? More...
This Day in History

The Phantom of the Opera Premieres in London (1986)

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986. In 2010, it celebrated its 10,000th performance at the same venue. It opened in New York in 1988, and went on to become the longest-running musical on Broadway. It is also the most financially successful entertainment project of all time, having earned billions of dollars. What is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Dreyfus (1859)

In 1894, French Army intelligence discovered that military secrets were being leaked to Germany. Dreyfus, a Jewish captain in the French Army, was blamed and convicted—twice—on insufficient and forged evidence. He was imprisoned on Devil's Island. The affair became a national scandal amid reports that the army, permeated by anti-Semitism, had covered up evidence of his innocence. He was pardoned by the president in 1899 and cleared by a civilian court in 1906. Who was probably the real traitor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

like a chicken with the pip

In low spirits; in a weak or sickened state or manner. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Denis's Day (2017)

Also known as St. Dionysius, St. Denis is the patron saint of France. According to legend, Pope Clement sent him to what is now France to establish the Church there, during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251), but the pagans who greeted him did not treat him well. The most widely repeated legend is that they beheaded him on Martyr's Hill—the place now known as Montmartre in Paris—but he miraculously picked up his head and carried it for two miles before expiring at the site where the Church of St. Denis was later built. More...
In the News

Researchers Release Thousands of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying pests as well as vectors for disease transmission, so why would anyone actually release captive mosquitoes, let alone bacteria-infected ones, into the environment on purpose? To combat disease, of course. Several countries, including Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, are participating in a program involving releasing tens of thousands of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which suppress mosquito-borne dengue fever and also hamper the ability of infected male mosquitoes to reproduce with uninfected females. Wolbachia in not transmissible to humans. More...
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