Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

supernumerary

Definition:(adjective) More than is needed, desired, or required.
Synonyms:excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, surplus, superfluous, spare
Usage: His appearance...is apt to occasion some little stir at the tea-table of a farmhouse, and the addition of a supernumerary dish of cakes or sweetmeats, or, peradventure, the parade of a silver teapot.
Article of the Day

Melungeon

"Melungeon" is a controversial term applied to a group of people who traditionally lived near the Cumberland Gap area of central Appalachia in the US and who have mixed Native American, white, and black ancestry. Though culturally and linguistically identical to their white neighbors and generally well-integrated, melungeons began being pejoratively identified as such in the period of heightened racial tensions leading up to the Civil War. What is known about the group’s history and origins? More...
This Day in History

Final Attack by the Beltway Sniper (2002)

For three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the Washington, DC, metropolitan area by shooting random victims from a distance. Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the spree, which was later linked to earlier shootings. Two days after killing their final victim, Muhammad and Malvo were arrested after being found sleeping in the car from which they had shot their victims. Before the arrest, the pair had planned to travel to Canada to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Liszt (1811)

Liszt was a revolutionary figure of romantic music. Born in Hungary, he made his debut at age 9 and studied in Vienna with Salieri. After his father's death and a disastrous love affair, he almost gave up music for the priesthood. Nevertheless, "Lisztomania" swept Europe in the 1840s, and Liszt enthralled audiences with his astounding technique and grand, dramatic style of playing. Thereafter, he taught and composed prolifically. In 1861, he nearly married a princess but was thwarted—by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

liquid courage

slang The decrease in timidity or inhibition that comes from imbibing alcoholic beverages. More...
Today's Holiday

Mother-in-Law Day (2017)

Modeled on the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day, Mother-in-Law Day was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas, where it was initiated by the editor of the local newspaper. The observance was later moved to the fourth Sunday in October. Mothers-in-law often have not enjoyed the widespread respect and devotion that mothers have received over the years, but many people feel that mothers-in-law deserve a special day of their own. More...
In the News

Fetal Hemoglobin May Be Key to Sickle Cell Cure

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder in which the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin pigment in red blood cells is abnormal and causes the cells to assume distorted, sickle-like shapes. There is no cure for the disease, but researchers have found a way to get mice with sickle cell disease to produce normal red blood cells. One gene is used in the production of hemoglobin during fetal development, and a different gene is used after birth. By blocking the protein responsible for making the switch from fetal hemoglobin to adult hemoglobin, researchers were able to get mice with sickle cell disease to revert back to producing normal fetal hemoglobin. More...
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