Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

contentious

Definition:(adjective) Inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in lawsuits.
Synonyms:combative, disputatious, litigious
Usage: The captain felt like he was constantly mediating disputes between his contentious crew members.
Article of the Day

Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken hearts are not just high school hyperbole. Some people really do experience a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscle after emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one or a break-up. Sufferers typically have an onset of congestive heart failure or chest pain, but most people survive the initial acute event, and it has a very low rate of in-hospital mortality. Japanese doctors dubbed the condition takotsubo cardiomyopathy because sufferers' hearts resemble what? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Antietam (1862)

In September 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac River to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was met by Union General George McClellan. The resulting Battle of Antietam, fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a total of 23,000 casualties. It was a Union victory only in the sense that Lee's invasion was stopped. McClellan was later removed from command and was faulted for failing to act on what crucial opportunity? More...
Today's Birthday

William Carlos Williams (1883)

Trained as a pediatrician, Williams wrote poetry and practiced medicine in his New Jersey hometown. Regarded as one of the most original American poets of the 20th century, he closely observed American life and recorded his impressions in a lucid style. His poems, such as "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This Is Just To Say," are noted for making the ordinary appear extraordinary. Williams was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for what volume of poetry? More...
Quotation of the Day
Examine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

leave (something) out of account

To ignore something; to pay little or no heed to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution and Citizenship Day (2017)

A number of states and cities hold special exercises on September 17 to focus attention on the rights and obligations of citizenship. Schools make a special effort to acquaint their students with the history and importance of the Constitution. Naturalization ceremonies, re-creations of the signing of the Constitution, and parades are other popular ways of celebrating Constitution and Citizenship Day. Several states observe the entire week in which this day occurs as Constitution Week. More...
In the News

Eat Your Veggies!

Eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cabbage might slow the progression of—or even prevent—osteoarthritis. In mice, sulforaphane, a compound created in these vegetables when they are eaten, blocked a key cartilage-damaging enzyme. Researchers are now investigating whether sulforaphane will do the same for humans. For two weeks before knee surgery, 20 arthritis sufferers will eat a specially bred broccoli variety that contains high levels of glucoraphanin, the compound that becomes sulforaphane. The tissue that is removed will then be examined for signs of sulforaphane's benefits. More...
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