Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

top-notch

Definition:(adjective) Of the highest quality.
Synonyms:A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, tops
Usage: Everyone wants a top-notch specialist when it comes to laser eye surgery.
Article of the Day

Vulcan Nerve Pinch

In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vulcan nerve pinch is a technique used mainly by members of the humanoid species known as Vulcans to render an opponent unconsciousness by pinching the subclavian nerve at the base of his neck with all four fingers opposing the thumb. In computing, the phrase is used as slang term referring to certain keyboard combinations—such as Control+Alt+Delete. What politician was once accused of using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch in an altercation with a rapper? More...
This Day in History

Battle of the Alamo Begins (1836)

In the 1835 Texas Revolution, the predominantly American settlers of Texas sought independence from the Mexican government. In December, they took the Alamo, an old chapel in San Antonio. When Mexican forces arrived in February, the Texians were outnumbered and unprepared to withstand the 13-day siege. Nearly all of them were killed. The loss became a rallying point for Texians, who went on to win the war. What short-lived independent nation did they establish that year? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Theodor Jaspers (1883)

Jaspers was a German philosopher and psychopathologist often identified as an exponent of existentialism, although he rejected this classification. In his magnum opus, Philosophy, he argued that the aim of philosophy is practical and that its purpose is the fulfillment of human existence. He believed illumination is achieved through the experience of "limit situations" like conflict, guilt, and suffering, which define the human condition. What forced him to give up his teaching career? More...
Quotation of the Day
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done. More...
Today's Holiday

Brunei National Day (2017)

Brunei is an independent sultanate on the island of Borneo in the Malay Archipelago; it is officially named Brunei Darussalam. It had been a British protectorate since 1888. The sultanate gained independence in 1984 and observes its National Day each year on February 23. Many people prepare months in advance to participate in colorful crowd formations, a favorite National Day event, and prayer services take place at mosques around the officially Muslim country. More...
In the News

Cell Phones Increase Brain Cell Activity

Despite years of research, there remains no conclusive proof that cell phone radiation causes cancer or other health problems in the brain. At the same time, mobile phones have not been proven to be entirely safe either. New findings from a US government-funded study raise further questions about the safety of cell phone use, as they demonstrate that radiation from the devices has a measurable effect on brain activity. Researchers found that glucose metabolism, an indicator of brain activity, was increased in brain regions nearest a cell phone antenna. Whether this is harmful has yet to be determined. More...
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