Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

abbess

Definition:(noun) The superior of a group of nuns.
Synonyms:mother superior, prioress
Usage: The abbess welcomed the novice to the convent with a warm smile, putting her immediately at ease.
Article of the Day

The Russo-Japanese War

The Russo-Japanese War was a conflict that grew out of the rival imperial designs of Russia and Japan on Manchuria and Korea. After Russia reneged on an agreement to withdraw from Manchuria, Japan broke off negotiations and attacked, scoring a series of quick victories. With the signing of the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth, Japan gained the position of a world power, becoming the first non-European and non-American modern imperialist state. The disastrous outcome for Russia helped spark what event? More...
This Day in History

LSD Is First Synthesized by Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann (1938)

Ergot, a toxic fungus that grows on rye, can cause spasms and hallucinations if accidentally ingested. In 1938, Hofmann was researching potentially useful derivatives of ergot when he first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). However, he did not discover its hallucinogenic properties until five years later, when he accidentally absorbed some of the substance through his fingertips. In 1947, his laboratory introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug. What is "Bicycle Day"? More...
Today's Birthday

George Simon Kaufman (1889)

Kaufman was an American dramatist and humorist who co-wrote more than 40 plays, many of which became tremendously successful. His collaboration with Moss Hart produced such plays as Once in a Lifetime and You Can't Take It With You, and he also worked on the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera. Kaufman was also an influential drama critic for New York newspapers and was known for his caustic wit. What did he once suggest as a way to avoid crowds during a flu epidemic? More...
Quotation of the Day
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

in default of (something)

Due to the absence or lack of something; through the failure of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Great American Smokeout (2017)

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to "adopt" smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. More...
In the News

Gamers' Brains May Be More Rewarding

Brain scans show that teens who regularly play video games have a higher volume of grey matter in the "reward hub" of their brains, the ventral striatum. This area of the brain is typically activated when people anticipate or experience pleasure and has been implicated in drug addiction. Researchers have not yet determined whether frequent gaming triggers these changes in the brain or whether people with a greater volume of grey matter in the ventral striatum are naturally more drawn to video games. More...
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