Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

maltreat

Definition:(verb) To treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately.
Synonyms:abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, step
Usage: Despite assurances that no one would maltreat the accused mass murderer in prison, he arrived at his hearing with two black eyes and a swollen lip.
Article of the Day

The Deipnosophistae

Written in the 3rd-century by the Greek writer Athenaeus, the Deipnosophistae professes to be an account of three banquets held at the house of a scholar and wealthy patron of the arts. The work is invaluable for providing information about the Hellenistic leisure class of the Roman Empire, particularly in terms of food and sexuality. In the course of conversation, the banqueters quote about 700 authors, many of them otherwise unrecorded, and discuss the story behind what famous statue? More...
This Day in History

Leonard Bernstein Conducts His Final Concert (1990)

Less than two months before he died, Bernstein, a highly regarded American composer and conductor, conducted what would be his final concert. He had suffered from smoking-related lung problems for years, and his coughing fit partway through the Boston Symphony appearance that night nearly ended the performance. With his health declining, he officially retired in early October, and he died just five days later. What feat in 1943 made him an overnight sensation and set his career in motion? More...
Today's Birthday

Orville Wright (1871)

Born and raised in Ohio, Orville was four years younger than his brother Wilbur. They were in the bicycle business when they began the aeronautic experiments that led to the first controlled, powered airplane flight in 1903. Wilbur died in 1912, and Orville sold his interest in their company three years later. He later served for 28 years on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA, before his death in 1948. What toy sparked Orville's interest in flying as a boy? More...
Quotation of the Day
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

know full well

To know or be aware of something without any possible doubt. More...
Today's Holiday

Woodward Dream Cruise (2017)

Since 1995, the one-day Woodward Dream Cruise has featured a parade of cars driving down a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue in the suburbs just north of Detroit, Michigan. Owners of antique cars, muscle cars, custom cars, street rods, and special interest cars participate. More than 40,000 classic cars travel the route from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Dream Cruise has developed into a multi-community street festival, with entertainment stages, food and merchandise vendors, parades, and automotive displays. More...
In the News

Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Lung Cancer

Researchers say sniffer dogs can be trained to reliably detect lung cancer in humans. In a recent study, trained dogs identified lung cancer in 71% of affected patients. Previous studies have found that dogs can detect other forms of cancer as well, including skin, bladder, bowel, and breast. It is thought that tumors produce volatile organic compounds that circulate throughout the body and can exit the lungs in a gaseous form, allowing for detection by dogs. Scientists hope that by identifying the chemicals to which the dogs are reacting, they will be able to develop electronic noses for cancer detection. More...
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