Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

cacophony

Definition:(noun) Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance.
Synonyms:blare, blaring, clamor, din
Usage: I heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
Article of the Day

The Dead Sea

The lowest body of water on the surface of the Earth, the Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake bordered by Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. One of the saltiest water bodies in the world, the Dead Sea hosts few life forms. The high salinity makes bathing here a unique experience, as one cannot help but float in its waters. It is also common practice when visiting the Dead Sea to coat one's body with its mineral-rich mud. What health issues do some people believe the Dead Sea and its mud can cure? More...
This Day in History

Louis Pasteur Successfully Tests His Rabies Vaccine (1885)

Pasteur was a pioneer in the field of germ theory. In 1881, the inventor of pasteurization perfected a way to isolate and weaken germs, and he went on to develop a vaccine against anthrax in sheep. He soon turned his attention to researching rabies. In 1885, he inoculated a 9-year-old boy who had been badly mauled by a rabid dog. The vaccine likely prevented the boy from contracting rabies, which then meant certain death. How did Pasteur's chickens accidentally get vaccinated against cholera? More...
Today's Birthday

Merv Griffin (1925)

Originally a singer and nightclub performer, Griffin first achieved wider fame in the early 1950s with the hit song I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. He then shifted his focus to television, hosting The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986. He created the popular game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and wrote the latter's famous theme song. Later, he invested in casinos, resorts, and hotels. What humorous epitaph was inscribed on his gravestone? More...
Quotation of the Day
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

does (exactly) what it says on the tin

(Something) does precisely what it claims or is supposed to do. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days (2017)

The Battle of Gettysburg on July 1–3, 1863, marked a turning point in the American Civil War. The battle did not end the war, but the Confederate army was turned back, and it never recovered from its losses. With 51,000 casualties and 5,000 dead horses, it ranks as the bloodiest battle in American history. Every year since 1983 the anniversary of the battle has been commemorated at the Gettysburg National Military Park. There are band concerts, a Civil War battle reenactment, lectures by nationally known historians, and a Civil War collectors' show. More...
In the News

Shocking!

The evolution of electric fish has long fascinated scientists, in part because the feature developed independently in six different groups of fish in disparate regions of the globe. Despite differences in the appearance and locations of these creatures' electric organs, DNA evidence now shows that the genetic and biological pathways that brought about their electrification are the same in many if not all electric fish. More...
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