Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014)
Word of the Day

garrulous

Definition:(adjective) Given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk.
Synonyms:chatty, gabby, loquacious, talkative, talky
Usage: One day the elder Pokrovski came to see us, and chattered in a brisk, cheerful, garrulous sort of way.
Article of the Day

The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

The festival of San Fermin is a deeply rooted celebration held annually, from July 6 to July 14, in the city of Pamplona, Spain. It commemorates San Fermin, who was allegedly dragged to his death by bulls. The festival's most famous event is the encierro, the running of the bulls, which involves many residents and visitors running in front of bulls down a stretch of narrow streets. Hundreds of people are injured during the encierro each year. How many people have been killed? More...
This Day in History

US President Zachary Taylor Dies in Office (1850)

On a hot 4th of July in Washington, DC, Taylor—who had been US president for just 16 months—enjoyed a cool snack of cherries and milk. Five days later, he was dead. The official cause of death was listed as gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can be caused by food poisoning. His remains were exhumed in 1991 and showed no evidence of foul play. According to one historian, Taylor could have recovered had he not been bled, blistered, and given what cocktail of drugs? More...
Today's Birthday

Oliver Wolf Sacks (1933)

Sacks is a British-American neurologist and writer. He immigrated to the US in 1960 to study neurology at the University of California, and in 1965 he joined the faculty at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Many of his books relate case histories of neurologically damaged people, particularly those afflicted with unusual conditions. His 1973 book Awakenings, which was made into a film in 1990, chronicles his efforts to treat the survivors of what mysterious sickness? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

six in one, (and) half a dozen in the other

The difference between these two options is negligible, irrelevant, or unimportant; either option is fine or will work as well as the other. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of the Bab (2017)

The Martyrdom of the Bab is a solemn commemoration of the day in 1850 when the Bab, the first prophet of the Baha'i faith, was executed in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). Prayers and readings mark the Baha'i holy day, and work is suspended. The Bab was repeatedly exiled and imprisoned by Muslim rulers and priests who opposed the idea that the Bab would provide another avenue to the truth. A committee of priests demanded the Bab's execution; his body was retrieved by his followers and eventually placed in a mausoleum on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, where the Baha'i headquarters is today. More...
In the News

Test Identifies Potential Binge Drinkers

Many teens see binge drinking as a harmless bit of fun, not realizing the jeopardy they put themselves in each time they get "wasted," but scientists do, and so they have invested considerable resources in developing ways to identify those youths at risk of engaging in binge drinking. A newly developed test that evaluates 40 factors, including brain structure, personality, and life experience, was able to predict with 70 percent accuracy which 14-year-olds would go on to binge drink at 16. The test is not accurate enough to be applied on an individual basis, but it could, for example, help weed out the 200 most at-risk teens from a group of 1,000. More...
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