Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

ingest

Definition:(verb) To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
Synonyms:consume, have, take in
Usage: Chocolate can be lethal to dogs if they ingest too much of it.
Article of the Day

Shock Waves

A shock wave is created when a powerful explosion within a fluid forms a zone of extremely high pressure that propagates through the fluid faster than the speed of sound. A shock wave carries energy and can have destructive effects as it impinges on solid objects, but it decays rapidly as it moves further away from its point of origin and gradually changes into an ordinary sound wave. How does a shock wave differ from a sonic boom? More...
This Day in History

Walter Cronkite Signs off CBS Evening News (1981)

During his career as a broadcast journalist, "Uncle Walter," as Cronkite was affectionately known, was identified in public opinion polls as the most trusted man in America. He was managing editor and anchorman of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite for almost 20 years and covered the first televised US presidential election, the 1969 moon landing, and the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. In 1981, he signed off for the last time with what famous phrase? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Francis "Lou" Costello (1906)

Costello was an American comedian who, along with Bud Abbott, formed the comedic duo of Abbott and Costello. From 1931 to 1957, Costello played a bumbling, cheery dimwit alongside Abbott's "straight man" in various stage, radio, and TV routines, the most famous of which was their "Who's on First?" skit. Regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy, the pair starred in movies such as Buck Privates and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Why did the two eventually part ways? More...
Quotation of the Day
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

the honest truth

The sincere, unadulterated truth. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day (2017)

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
In the News

Ibuprofen May Reduce Parkinson's Risk

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroid al anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, commonly used to relieve muscle aches and arthritis pain, but data show it may also lower one's risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Previous studies have suggested that this class of anti-inflammatory drugs could help prevent the disease, but until now, it has been unclear which medications in particular might have an effect. In studies of more than 135,000 men and women, those who regularly used ibuprofen were 40% less likely to develop Parkinson's. More...
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