Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

bolster

Definition:(verb) To buoy up or hearten.
Synonyms:boost
Usage: Visitors bolstered the patient's morale.
Article of the Day

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is mainly found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and typically infects birds. Mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds can then transmit the disease to humans. About one-fifth of humans infected with the virus develop West Nile fever, which is sometimes accompanied by a rash. Less than one percent of all persons infected develop serious illnesses like encephalitis and meningitis. West Nile virus was first identified in Uganda in 1937. When did it reach the US? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of the Herrings (1429)

The meatless days of Lent were approaching when Sir John Fastolf set off from Paris with hundreds of wagons laden with weapons and barrels of herring to resupply the English troops that had been laying siege to the French town of Orléans for months. Engaged by thousands of French troops attempting to sever his supply route, Fastolf made a defensive formation with his wagons, lending the battle its name. What group's poorly timed attempt to help the French may have caused them to lose the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

George Meredith (1828)

One of the great English novelists, Meredith wrote complex, often comic yet highly cerebral works that contain striking psychological character studies. Though he ostensibly launched a law career at age 18, he focused instead on journalism, poetry writing, and translation. Unable to earn a living this way, he began writing novels and eventually became a critical and popular success. In one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales, Sherlock Holmes asks Dr. Watson to talk about Meredith instead of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

loss of face

The state or circumstance of having lost the respect of other people, as due to having done something improper or unacceptable. More...
Today's Holiday

Lincoln's Birthday (2018)

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born on Feb. 12, 1809. A wreath-laying ceremony and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., are traditional on Feb. 12. Lincoln's actual birthday is a legal holiday in 11 states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. In most other states, Lincoln's and George Washington's birthdays are combined for a legal holiday on the third Monday in February called Presidents' Day. More...
In the News

Nighttime Surgery No More Dangerous

Many people believe that the best time to schedule surgery is during the day, but what if you can't control when you go under the knife? According to a new study, it doesn't matter. The study found no difference in patient deaths when comparing daytime and nighttime trauma surgeries. The research focused on US mortality rates in exploratory laparotomies, which are done to determine the extent of a trauma patient’s injuries. Some experts have called for additional research that focuses on more complex surgeries and the number of hours surgeons worked before operating. More...
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