Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 8, 2020)
Word of the Day

libertine

Definition:(adjective) Unrestrained by convention or morality.
Synonyms:debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, profligate, riotous, fast
Usage: Such an expression is often mistaken for manly frankness, when in truth it arises from the reckless indifference of a libertine disposition ... totally unconnected with personal merit.
Article of the Day

Mycology

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million species of fungus on Earth, only a fraction of which have yet been described. The study of fungi, called mycology, has important applications in the dairy, wine, and baking industries, as well as in the production of dyes and inks. Fungi can cause diseases, but can also be medically beneficial. Mycological research has led to the development of such antibiotics as penicillin and tetracycline. What mushroom naturally contains a cholesterol-lowering drug? 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
When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

National Shrimp Festival (2020)

This waterside festival is held for four days in Gulf Shores, Alabama, drawing crowds estimated at 200,000. This festival began in this shrimping and resort area in 1971 as a one-day event to liven things up after Labor Day. The big event was a shrimp-cooking contest, and shrimp dishes have been in the forefront since, with lots of jambalaya and kabobs. Also on the menu are such dishes as shark and Greek foods including seafood gyros. Events of the festival include a children's art village, an air show, live musical entertainment, and arts and crafts displays. More...
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