Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

introverted

Definition:(adjective) Marked by interest in or preoccupation with oneself or one's own thoughts as opposed to others or the environment; shy or reserved.
Synonyms:introspective, self-examining
Usage: Bobby is an introverted child, so it is unlikely that he would feel comfortable entering the talent show.
Article of the Day

The Amygdalae

Nestled deep within the human brain are two almond-shaped masses of gray matter known as amygdalae. They are part of the limbic system, a group of interconnected brain structures associated with olfaction, emotion, motivation, behavior, and various autonomic functions. Though small, the amygdalae play a key role in our experience of anxiety, distress, and fear as well as the formation and storage of memories of emotional experiences. What might having enlarged amygdalae indicate about a person? More...
This Day in History

West German Chancellor Willy Brandt Resigns (1974)

Brandt fled his native Germany for Norway after the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s. Returning after the war, he became involved in politics and, in 1969, was elected chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. As chancellor, he greatly improved relations with East Germany, the Soviet Union, and Poland, and in 1971 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1974, he was forced to resign after an embarrassing scandal in which one of his close aides was exposed as what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Browning (1812)

Browning was a leading Victorian poet known for his dramatic monologues. In 1846, he secretly married Elizabeth Barrett, whisking her away from her despotic father to Italy. Barrett was already a famous poet, but Browning's poems—such as "Fra Lippo Lippi" and "The Bishop Orders His Tomb"—gained recognition slowly. Long after his beloved wife's death, his novel in verse about a murder, The Ring and the Book, finally earned him wide acclaim. In 1890, he became the first dead man to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Long ago, before I had ever seen a diamond, I read about them and I tried to imagine what they would be like ... When I saw a real diamond in a lady's ring one day I was so disappointed I cried. Of course, it was very lovely but it wasn't my idea of a diamond.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

in the eye of (something)

At, in, or amidst the central or focal point of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Mushroom Festival (2017)

Richmond, Missouri, is known for its highly prized morel mushrooms, which resemble a deeply pitted or folded cone-like sponge at the top of a hollow stem. The highlight of the annual Mushroom Festival, which has been held in Richmond since 1980, is the Big Morel Contest. Other events include a parade, crafts, a carnival, mushroom eating, and much more. Mushroom hunters flock to the town's wooded areas in search of the morel, known as the "Golden Fleece of mushrooms" because it is hard to find and has never been successfully cultivated. More...
In the News

Kidney Beans Key to Combating Bedbug Scourge

Much to the dismay of people around the globe, bedbug populations are booming and existing pesticides are of little help. Thus, it is becoming increasingly important to find alternative means for eliminating the tiny bloodsuckers. One such method under investigation is bean leaf entrapment. Kidney bean leaves, which have microscopic hooked hairs that pierce bedbugs' feet and trap them, are traditionally used in the Balkans to combat bedbug infestation. Researchers created a synthetic material meant to mimic the action of the leaf hairs, but it unfortunately failed to grasp the bugs as effectively as the original. More...
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