Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

deadpan

Definition:(adjective) Deliberately impassive in manner.
Synonyms:expressionless, poker-faced, unexpressive, impassive
Usage: Although he was distraught when the guilty verdict was read, his deadpan expression made it seem as though he did not care.
Article of the Day

Prepulse Inhibition

Prepulse inhibition is a neurological phenomenon in which a weaker pre-stimulus—a prepulse—inhibits the reaction of an organism to a subsequent startling stimulus. The reduction of the startle reflex reflects the ability of the nervous system to adapt to a strong sensory stimulus when a preceding weaker signal provides it advance warning. The phenomenon has been detected in numerous species, including humans. Disruption of prepulse inhibition has been reported in patients with what diseases? More...
This Day in History

Siad Barre Leads Coup to Become President of Somalia (1969)

Following the assassination of Somalia's president in 1969, a military coup installed Major General Mohamed Siad Barre as leader. His dictatorial administration was marked by human rights abuses and civil strife. Though he sought to end pervasive clan loyalties, warfare among rival factions intensified. In 1991, he was ousted. The country plunged into a civil war and has had no effective central government since. How did Siad Barre's regime terrorize the Majeerteen clan in particular? More...
Today's Birthday

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917)

Considered one of the main innovators of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His virtuosity and comic wit—in addition to his trademark puffed cheeks and 45-degree upturned trumpet bell—made him one of the most charismatic and influential musicians in jazz. Gillespie was once struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Though he was injured only slightly, a jury awarded him $1,000 because he could no longer do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

the lion's den

A particularly dangerous, hostile, or oppressive place or situation, especially due to an angry or sinister person or group of people within it. More...
Today's Holiday

Bridge Day (2017)

Bridge Day is both a celebration of the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia, and a day of bliss for daredevils. The bridge, completed in 1977, is the world's longest steel-arch span and is the second highest bridge in the nation. Its arch span is 1,700 feet, with a rise of 360 feet, putting it 876 feet above the New River Gorge National River. On Bridge Day, celebrated since 1980, parachutists jump from the bridge onto the river's banks below. The less bold walk over the bridge. About 200 vendors offer food, crafts, and souvenirs for sale. More...
In the News

Haircut and Skin Cancer Screening Go Hand in Hand

The next time you visit your hairdresser, he may do more than make you look good— he could save your life. A survey of more than 200 Texas hair salons found that more than a third of stylists check at least half of their customers for suspicious moles on their scalps, an area that is often difficult to monitor oneself, and most have referred clients to a doctor to follow up on a worrisome growth. While some want to train hair professionals to help screen for skin cancer, opponents say that the many false alarms this would generate would unnecessarily strain the healthcare system, particularly since melanomas on the neck and scalp are quite rare. More...
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