Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

abiogenesis

Definition:(noun) The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter.
Synonyms:spontaneous generation, autogenesis, autogeny
Usage: Early notions of abiogenesis, now considered incorrect, held that living organisms generate from decaying organic substances, like maggots from meat.
Article of the Day

Hypertrichosis

Hypertrichosis, commonly known as “Werewolf syndrome,” is an extremely rare condition that results in the excess growth of body hair. The syndrome can be generalized across the body or localized to a specific area and ranges from mild to severe. Hypertrichosis is believed to result from genetic factors and is rarely found in its severe form. Those who are strongly affected often display excessive, animal-like hair on the face and body. What is the cure for congenital hypertrichosis? More...
This Day in History

Final Attack by the Beltway Sniper (2002)

For three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the Washington, DC, metropolitan area by shooting random victims from a distance. Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the spree, which was later linked to earlier shootings. Two days after killing their final victim, Muhammad and Malvo were arrested after being found sleeping in the car from which they had shot their victims. Before the arrest, the pair had planned to travel to Canada to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Liszt (1811)

Liszt was a revolutionary figure of romantic music. Born in Hungary, he made his debut at age 9 and studied in Vienna with Salieri. After his father's death and a disastrous love affair, he almost gave up music for the priesthood. Nevertheless, "Lisztomania" swept Europe in the 1840s, and Liszt enthralled audiences with his astounding technique and grand, dramatic style of playing. Thereafter, he taught and composed prolifically. In 1861, he nearly married a princess but was thwarted—by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

liquid courage

slang The decrease in timidity or inhibition that comes from imbibing alcoholic beverages. More...
Today's Holiday

Mother-in-Law Day (2017)

Modeled on the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day, Mother-in-Law Day was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas, where it was initiated by the editor of the local newspaper. The observance was later moved to the fourth Sunday in October. Mothers-in-law often have not enjoyed the widespread respect and devotion that mothers have received over the years, but many people feel that mothers-in-law deserve a special day of their own. More...
In the News

Study: First-Born Child Usually The Smartest

A new study finds that the first-born child is usually the smartest. Researchers from the University of Leipzig reveal that every successive child has a lower IQ than the last, according to The Telegragh. The study's findings show that younger siblings are ... More...
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