Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

diagnostician

Definition:(noun) A person who diagnoses, especially a physician specializing in medical diagnostics.
Synonyms:pathologist
Usage: She was an excellent diagnostician and was immediately able to identify the cause of the patient's symptoms.
Article of the Day

Escapology

Classically, escapology is the art of escaping from rope bindings. It has since evolved to include escapes from a variety of restraints, including straightjackets, cages, chains, and prisons. In the early 1900s, Harry Houdini, a master escapologist, began performing his "Chinese Water Torture Cell" act. The escape required a bound Houdini to hold his breath for more than three minutes while freeing himself from a locked, water-filled glass tank. Illusionists before Houdini had relied on what? More...
This Day in History

Most Lopsided College Football Game in US History (1916)

In 1916, Tennessee's tiny Cumberland University canceled its football program, disbanding its team. Nevertheless, Georgia Tech's football coach, John Heisman, threatened the school with a $3,000 fine—a large sum of money at the time—if its team failed to show up to their scheduled game. Cumberland was forced to recruit new players to face Georgia Tech, and the trouncing they received is said to have been revenge for a baseball game in which Cumberland allegedly cheated. What was the final score? More...
Today's Birthday

Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, AKA Joe Hill (1879)

A Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter in the early 1900s, Hill penned songs such as "The Preacher and the Slave," in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky." In 1915, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing a grocer and his son. To the labor movement, Hill's execution made him a martyr. Because he did not want to be buried in Utah, his ashes were shipped to supporters around the world. What intriguing evidence, found in his coat, seemed to support his innocence? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nobody loves life like an old man.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a light heart

To have a carefree, uplifted attitude; to be in a happy or gladdened state or condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Cowboys Parade (2017)

A salute to the black cowboys who helped settle the West has been held since 1975 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of mounted cowboys and marching bands participate in the parade, the only one of its kind in the nation. There are also arts and crafts exhibits and food booths. More...
In the News

In the Eerie Emptiness of Chernobyl's Abandoned Towns, Wildlife Is Flourishing

The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. The predators yipped and chirped and crooned to one another for what seemed like ... More...
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