Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

egoist

Definition:(noun) A conceited and self-centered person.
Synonyms:swellhead
Usage: There is nothing in this world that the egoist loves more than himself.
Article of the Day

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is just one of hundreds of species of aloe plant native to the drier parts of Africa, but it is perhaps the best known thanks to its purported medicinal properties. The mucilaginous gel obtained from the leaves of the Aloe vera plant is widely used to help treat burns and dry skin conditions and has also been used internally as a stimulant laxative. Still, the literature is mixed on the effectiveness and safety of these extracts. What health problems might they cause? More...
This Day in History

Last French Troops Leave Syria (1946)

Though France proclaimed Syria an independent republic in 1941, its troops were not withdrawn until 1946, after over 25 years of occupation. The occupation began in 1920, when the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over the Levant States—roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon. Within years, the Syrian resistance to French colonial rule became a full-scale revolt. A 1936 treaty promised Syrian independence, but it did not come to fruition. What finally brought about the occupation's end? More...
Today's Birthday

Artur Schnabel (1882)

Schnabel was an Austrian-American pianist best known for his interpretations of Beethoven's piano works. Based in Berlin from 1900 to 1933, he composed, taught, and gave legendary performances of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert for centenary celebrations. In the 1930s, he became the first to record the complete Beethoven cycle. During the Nazi period, he moved to London, then to the US. Though his own compositions are less known, they are revered by serious pianists. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
And of all plagues with which mankind are curst, Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

in all honesty

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Boston Marathon (2017)

The oldest footrace in the United States was first held on Patriots' Day, April 19, 1897. Organized by members of the Boston Athletic Association, the race involved only 15 runners. Nowadays the Boston Marathon draws anywhere from 7,000 to more than 9,000 official starters. The 26.2-mile course begins exactly at noon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, includes the infamous "Heartbreak Hill" (a section of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, that marks the race's 21st mile), and ends near Copley Square in the Back Bay Area. More...
In the News

Club Drug Lifts Depression

The horse tranquilizer ketamine, which has become popular on the club scene, shows significant promise in the treatment of depression. In recent small trials, low doses of the drug were able to lift depression symptoms in a number of patients, and effects persisted in some for days and in others for months. While ketamine will not be replacing Prozac and similar traditional antidepressants anytime soon—it poses a risk of serious side-effects and must be intravenously administered—it opens up a new area of research in the pharmacological treatment of depression. More...
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