Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

uninitiated

Definition:(adjective) Not knowledgeable or skilled; inexperienced.
Synonyms:naive
Usage: To an uninitiated onlooker, nothing could have been more ghastly or absurd.
Article of the Day

Maple Syrup Urine Disease

Branched chain ketoaciduria, or maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), is a metabolic disorder in which an enzyme deficiency allows branched-chain amino acids to build up in the blood and urine. Often diagnosed in infancy, the condition gets its name from the distinctive sweet odor—similar to that of maple syrup or burnt caramel—of the sufferer's urine. If left untreated, MSUD can cause severe brain damage or death. Why is the disease more prevalent in children of Amish and Mennonite descent? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

late model

Especially regarding an automobile, of a relatively recent design or model. More...
Today's Holiday

USA Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention (2017)

The Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which convenes during the first week of each September, is the major business meeting of the group's boards, auxiliaries, and member churches. During the annual session, delegates deal with business issues. However, they also share Christian fellowship and, through a series of forums, explore such issues as health and wellness, social justice, and empowerment, often with emphasis on their impact on the African-American community. More...
In the News

How mood-altering drugs are ending up in Great Lakes fish

A new study might depress anyone concerned with Great Lakes water quality. Antidepressant drugs, making their way through an increasing number of people's bodies, getting excreted in small amounts into their toilets, and moving through the ... More...
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