Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

contusion

Definition:(noun) An injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration.
Synonyms:bruise
Usage: The purple and green contusion on my arm looks much worse than it actually feels.
Article of the Day

Casu Marzu

A traditional Sardinian delicacy, casu marzu is pecorino cheese that has been intentionally infested with live cheese fly larvae. The cheese itself is soft, having been partially decomposed by the larvae. It is readily available on the black market in Sardinia, where it is considered an aphrodisiac and served with red wine. Some choose to cover casu marzu with one hand while eating it, as the larvae can leap up to 6 in (15 cm). Resistant to human stomach acids, the larvae can do what when eaten? More...
This Day in History

Jonathan Pollard Pleads Guilty to Espionage Charges (1986)

After leaving graduate school in 1979, Pollard immediately began applying for intelligence positions, and landed one at the US Naval Investigative Service (NIS). In 1985, after he had attained a high level of clearance, coworkers noticed that he was accessing a huge number of documents for seemingly no reason. He was arrested and, the following year, pled guilty to selling secrets to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison. What early clues nearly derailed his career before it started? More...
Today's Birthday

François Quesnay (1694)

While serving as consulting physician to Louis XV at Versailles, Quesnay developed an interest in economics. In his 1758 Tableau économique, he described the relationship between the different economic classes of society and the flow of payments among them, and he developed the concept of economic balance used by many later economic analysts. An advocate of laissez-faire economics, he believed that all wealth originated with the land. What school of economics is he credited with founding? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

land of plenty

A fictional or imagined utopian place where there is an abundance of everything needed to survive and flourish. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Sea (2017)

The Festival of the Sea is based on the Icelandic tradition of Seamen's Day, an occasion to honor all who make their living from the sea. It takes place annually, primarily in the city of Reykjavík. Traditionally, fishermen compete during the festival in swimming and rowing races and other tests of strength, including the popular tug-of-war. The festival also includes numerous cultural activities, parades, arts-and-crafts activities for kids, food fairs, and sailing competitions. Tourists come from far and wide to participate in the fun and to view boats and ships as they rest in the harbors. More...
In the News

Cancer Cases Projected to Rise 75 Percent by 2030

A new report from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) predicts that the incidence of cancer worldwide will grow by 75 percent by the year 2030. The increase is expected to be even greater in poorly developed countries, where people are now living long enough to develop cancers associated with aging and where rising living standards could lead to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits linked with certain cancers. In some parts of the world, the number of cancer cases is expected to increase by as much as 93 percent. More...
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