Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

cross-grained

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to deal with.
Synonyms:contrarious
Usage: Gabriel Grub was an ill-conditioned, cross-grained, surly fellow—a morose and lonely man, who consorted with nobody but himself.
Article of the Day

Median Lethal Dose

In toxicology, a median lethal dose is the quantity of an agent that will kill, within a specified time period, 50 percent of the individuals in a given population. The median lethal dose of a substance is often cited as a measure of how acutely toxic a substance is and is expressed as the amount of substance per kilogram of bodyweight. For instance, the median lethal dose of dioxin is .02 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight in rats. How much table sugar is considered a median lethal dose? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

knock (one's) head against a/the wall

To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless. More...
Today's Holiday

Daimonji Okuribi (2017)

In Japan, the belief that the souls of the dead return to earth during the Obon Festival gave rise to the custom of lighting great bonfires to guide the souls back to heaven after their yearly visit. This custom is known as Daimonji Okuribi, the Great Bonfire Event. In the city of Kyoto, an enormous flammable structure, built in the shape of the Chinese character dai, meaning "big," is set on fire on the hill in back of the Zenrinji Temple. The character is 530 feet tall and 510 feet wide, providing a spectacular display for city residents. More...
In the News

Athletes Who Travel End Up Sick

Traveling to new environments, particularly those more than five time zones away, for athletic competitions makes even top competitors sick. It is commonly believed that exposure to germs in the confined space of an aircraft is what sickens travelers, but experts say that in all likelihood athletes are actually succumbing to the unfamiliar germs found at their destination. Researchers ruled out airplanes as the source of sickness after finding that athletes fell ill more frequently when traveling away from home than they did after their return trip. More...
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