Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 7, 2011)
Word of the Day

nonentity

Definition:(noun) A person of no influence.
Synonyms:nobody, cipher
Usage: After losing the gubernatorial election, she was written off as a political nonentity.
Article of the Day

Dihydrogen Monoxide Hoax

The dihydrogen monoxide hoax utilizes an uncommon scientific name for molecules composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom to demonstrate how the lack of scientific literacy combined with an exaggerated analysis can lead to misplaced fears. The hoax points out that dihydrogen monoxide "is the major component of acid rain," "may cause severe burns," "contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape," and "accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals." What is dihydrogen monoxide? More...
This Day in History

The World Health Organization Is Established (1948)

World Health Day is observed every year on April 7 to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency whose main objective is to promote "the highest possible level of health" in all people. Coordinating international efforts to prevent, control, and treat illness, it has worked to successfully eradicate smallpox and has made notable strides in checking polio, leprosy, cholera, and malaria. What controversies have surrounded the WHO? More...
Today's Birthday

Eleanora Fagan, AKA Billie Holiday (1915)

Despite a deeply troubled upbringing, Holiday became one of the most celebrated and influential singers in jazz history. She was also one of its most tragic figures. She debuted in the 1930s and, after performing with Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, embarked on a successful solo career. However, she suffered many personal setbacks, complicated by the drug addiction that eventually destroyed her career and hastened her death. How did she choose her stage name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be cleaned out

To be emptied or devoid of money, food, resources, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Motherhood and Beauty Day (2017)

This is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7. It comes not long after another national holiday, Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women's Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one's mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday. Another tradition associated with the day is the gift of a twig that has fresh sprouts on it. More...
In the News

Meditation May Reduce Sensitivity to Pain

Research has shown that Buddhist-style meditation, also known as mindfulness meditation, can help people cope with a number of medical and psychiatric conditions, notably chronic pain and stress, and the results of a new study on pain seem to support some of these earlier findings. In the study, researchers subjected participants to mild burns on two occasions. They were burned for the second time after having attended four 20-minute meditation training sessions over the course of four days. Though the pain stimulus was exactly the same on both occasions, participants rated the second as being 57 percent less unpleasant and 40 percent less intense. More...
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