Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

off-guard

Definition:(adjective) Not prepared or vigilant.
Synonyms:napping
Usage: The burglar caught our security personnel off-guard and escaped the facility before they had even sounded the alarm.
Article of the Day

The Oh-My-God Particle

Observed over Utah in 1991 by a cosmic ray detector, the Oh-My-God particle was a rare ultra-high-energy cosmic ray that traveled through the universe at very nearly the speed of light. Since then, scientists have detected a number of other cosmic rays with similarly high energies. Such subatomic particles carry millions of times the energy that can be generated in a particle accelerator. Their origin is still unclear, but they could be related to dark matter. What might be generating them? More...
This Day in History

George Washington Creates Thanksgiving Day (1789)

Though the feast held in 1621 may be better remembered, the first official national Thanksgiving in the US was declared in 1789. On that day, Washington, the president at the time, offered thanks for "the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty" following the revolution. Thanksgiving feasts were declared sporadically until 1863, when President Lincoln established it as a lasting holiday. Traditionally, the president pardons a live turkey each year. Why have recent presidents pardoned two? More...
Today's Birthday

Alain-Fournier (1886)

Henri-Alban Fournier, who published as Alain-Fournier, was a French novelist known for his single full-length work, Le Grand Meaulnes. The poetic novel about a youthful search for the ideal was published in 1913 and is now considered a classic of French literature. Set in an imaginary locale, it is a blend of the author's own childhood and his mystical ideas. Though he began work on a second novel in 1914, he was killed in action in WWI that year. When was his body finally identified? More...
Quotation of the Day
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

To allow the demand, desire, or insistence for perfection decrease the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. (Usually used in the negative as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Korea National Foundation Day (2017)

This national holiday in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), also known as Gaecheon-jeol, commemorates the legendary founding of the Korean nation in 2333 BCE by Tangun. Prince Hwan-ung left heaven to rule earth from Mt. T'aebaek and bore a son called Tangun Wanggom, meaning Sandalwood King. When he grew up, he built his own city and called his new kingdom Choson. The myth is important in that it links the Korean people with a heavenly origin. The holiday is celebrated with ceremonies at the ancient rock altar of Tangun, on the summit of Mt. Mani on Kanghwa Island, about 25 miles west of Seoul. More...
In the News

Self-Medicating with Sleeping Pills Problematic

Experts are noticing a worrisome trend when it comes to sleep—many people are self-medicating to get some shuteye. The problem with this is that insomnia, an inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time, can be a symptom of another disorder rather than a condition unto itself. Illnesses like heart disease, Alzheimer's, and hormonal problems can impact sleep patterns, as can psychiatric conditions. A recent survey found that half of those with insomnia had diagnosed themselves and self-medicated, and nearly a third had taken sleeping pills for over a month without consulting a medical professional. More...
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