Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

palmistry

Definition:(noun) The practice or art of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.
Synonyms:chirology, chiromancy
Usage: She dabbled in fortunetelling and palmistry.
Article of the Day

Ladislaus I of Hungary

Now regarded by Hungarians as the model of chivalry and valor, Ladislaus was king of Hungary from 1077 to 1095. An able king, he expanded his country, suppressed paganism, modified the criminal code, and issued laws protecting private property. In 1091, he conquered Croatia at the invitation of his sister, Croatia's widowed queen. He supported the pope against the Holy Roman Emperor but refused to swear fealty to the papacy. Still, he was canonized in 1198. What miracles are attributed to him? More...
This Day in History

Henry VII Is Crowned King of England (1485)

As a noble from the House of Lancaster, Henry fled England when the rival House of York triumphed in 1471. He later returned, rallied his supporters, and defeated Richard III in 1485. He then married Elizabeth of York and ended the Wars of the Roses between the two houses. Plots against him persisted, and two years later, Yorkists rebelled in support of Lambert Simnel, a boy they claimed was the Earl of Warwick. The rebellion was crushed by Henry's forces. What did Henry do with young Lambert? More...
Today's Birthday

Angelica Kauffmann (1741)

Swiss-born painter Angelica Kauffman studied art in Italy as a child. She was a protégée of Joshua Reynolds, who took her to London in 1766. Two years later, Reynolds became the first president of the Royal Academy and Kauffman one of the founding members. She became known for her decorative work and her portraits of female sitters. Returning to Italy, she flourished in artistic and literary circles. In 1775, how did a fellow member of the Royal Academy ridicule her and Reynolds in a painting? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

bottom of the ninth

The final and critical moment or moments of a tense, important, or desperate situation. It refers to the ninth inning of baseball, the "bottom" of which is batted by the home team as their last chance to win the game. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo (2017)

Also known as the American Royal, or simply the Royal, this is the oldest, and one of the largest, livestock shows and rodeos in the United States, dating back to the period just after the Civil War. The main events occur in October and November. The American Royal Rodeo is the final rodeo of the season on the professional circuit, featuring over 700 professional riders and offering more than $100,000 in prize money. There are also livestock auctions, horse and livestock shows, country music concerts, barbecue competitions, and a parade through downtown Kansas City. More...
In the News

Python Heart Growth Could Help Humans

Pythons are able to live for nearly a year without eating, but when they do eat, their metabolisms increase more than 40-fold and their organs immediately begin to get larger to aid digestion. Their hearts, in particular, grow 40 percent or more in just three days. Researchers have been studying this phenomenon to see if it can help them find ways to stimulate healthy heart growth in humans with heart disease. So far, they have been able to stimulate heart growth in unfed pythons by injecting them with a mixture of three fatty acids found in the blood of pythons that have just eaten and in living mice by injecting them with the plasma of a fed python. More...
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