Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

spongy

Definition:(adjective) Easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility.
Synonyms:squishy, squashy
Usage: I like nothing better than butter on a slice of freshly baked, spongy white bread.
Article of the Day

Bronze Diabetes

Also known as bronze diabetes, hemochromatosis is a blood disorder that causes the body to retain excessive amounts of iron, leading to serious health consequences, including diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver. It was first described in 1865 by French physician Armand Trousseau in a report on diabetes in patients with bronze skin pigmentation. The disease most commonly appears in older patients, since it takes many years for the body to accumulate excessive iron. How is hemochromatosis treated? More...
This Day in History

Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking Eight Gold Medals (2008)

Phelps is an American swimmer who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, broke the record for the number of gold medals won at a single Olympics. He won gold in every one of his eight events, surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In seven of his races, Phelps set world records. Combined with the six gold and two bronze medals he won in Athens in 2004, Phelps has a total of 16 Olympic medals, two shy of the record held by what athlete? More...
Today's Birthday

Mae West (1893)

West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I'm No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. Many of her one-liners have become classics. What are some examples? More...
Quotation of the Day
It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared ... You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Today's Holiday

San Martín Day (Argentina) (2020)

This national holiday in Argentina honors José Francisco de San Martín, who died on this day in 1850. Born in 1778 in a town called Yapeyú, San Martín, formerly a soldier in the Spanish army in Europe, came home in 1812 to fight in the revolution against Spain. He led forces across the Andes to defeat the Spanish in Chile and Peru. The victories he led assured independence from Spain for much of the region. After passing the torch to Simón Bolívar, San Martín resigned in 1822. He left Argentina in 1824, and lived out his life in exile in France. More...
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