Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

midpoint

Definition:(noun) A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.
Synonyms:center
Usage: I measured the width of the picture frame and calculated its midpoint so that I could hang it properly on the wall.
Article of the Day

Gut Flora

The average human body, which consists of an estimated ten trillion cells, has about ten times that number of microorganisms in its digestive tract. These bacteria, known as intestinal, or gut, flora, normally reside within the lumen of the intestine and fulfill a number of useful functions for the host, including producing vitamins, training the immune system, fermenting unused energy substrates, and producing hormones that prompt the host to store fats. Can a person survive without gut flora? More...
This Day in History

President Lyndon B. Johnson Declares a "War on Poverty" (1964)

During his first State of the Union address, President Johnson outlined a vast program of economic and social welfare legislation designed to create what he termed the "Great Society." As part of this platform, Johnson called for a nationwide "War on Poverty" in response to a high national poverty rate. Johnson's call led Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act, legislation that established an agency to administer federal funds targeted against poverty. Did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (1912)

Ferrer was an American actor, director, and producer. He made his Broadway debut in 1935 and gained acclaim playing the starring role in Charley's Aunt (1940) and Iago in a 1943 Broadway production of Othello. A versatile actor with a rich and powerful voice, he appeared in many films, including The Caine Mutiny and Ship of Fools. In 1950, he won an Academy Award for his performance as the title character in what film version of a play that he had also starred in? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

hobby-horse

A subject, topic, or issue about which one frequently or incessantly talks, expounds, or complains. More...
Today's Holiday

Asarah be-Tevet (Fast of the Tenth of Tevet) (2017)

Asarah be-Tevet is a Jewish fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE that was a prelude to the destruction of the First Temple. The fast begins at first morning light on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet. In Israel it is also a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust. However, Jews outside Israel observe Yom ha-Shoah as Holocaust Memorial Day. More...
In the News

Nightmare Sleep Disorder Makes Girl Sleep for Days

Sleeping for 10 days may sound like a dream to those of us who burn the candle at both ends, but for Louisa Ball, who suffers from a rare condition known as Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS), it means missed holidays, celebrations, and school days. KLS is a little-understood condition that has no known cause or cure. It causes episodes of excessive sleeping that can go on for weeks and is associated with behavior changes such as irritability, hypersexuality, and binge eating. In Ball's case, her parents must maintain constant vigilance when she is in the midst of a sleep episode, forcing her to wake each day to eat and go to the bathroom before returning to sleep. More...
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