Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

hanker

Definition:(verb) Desire strongly or persistently.
Synonyms:long, yearn
Usage: There, my lady cousin; there stands the most undutiful child in the world; she hankers after a beggarly rascal, and won't marry one of the greatest matches in all England.
Article of the Day

Kirlian Photography

Kirlian photography is a technique in which a high-voltage current is passed over a subject in contact with photographic film or paper. This produces an image surrounded by a luminous aura, which some claim is a bioenergetic field that can reveal information about a subject's physical health and emotional state. The technique is named after Russian scientist Semyon Kirlian, who discovered the electric effect on which it is based. What type of subjects will produce images in Kirlian photography? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis Ends in Lima, Peru (1997)

The Japanese ambassador to Peru was holding a party at his home in Lima on December 17, 1996, when 14 members of a revolutionary militant group stormed the compound, taking more than 400 guests hostage. Most were released in the following weeks, but 72 Japanese and Peruvian hostages were held until April, when Peruvian military forces swarmed the building and killed the militants. Only one hostage and two commandos died, and the raid was deemed a success. What had been the militants' demands? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Kenneth Frampton (1950)

British rocker Peter Frampton performed with successful bands The Herd and Humble Pie before going solo in 1971. His breakthrough album, 1976's Frampton Comes Alive!, remains one of the best-selling live albums of all time. It includes hits such as "Do You Feel Like We Do?" and "Show Me The Way," which feature his signature talk box effect that makes the guitar sound like it is "talking." Why did Frampton regret appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone at the height of his success? More...
Quotation of the Day
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

in full gear

At the highest or maximum level of function, operation, or performance. More...
Today's Holiday

Oklahoma Day (2017)

The Land Run of April 22, 1889, paved the way for the organization of the Oklahoma Territory in 1890, and for Oklahoma's statehood in 1907. Also known as Oklahoma 89ers Day, the celebration on April 22 focuses on the town of Guthrie, the site of the original land office about 80 miles from the starting border, and each year Guthrie observes its anniversary with an 89ers festival. Elsewhere in Oklahoma, the day is celebrated with parades, rodeos, and events based on the land rush theme. More...
In the News

Braids and Weaves Linked to Hair Loss

Dermatologists say that weaves and tight braids may contribute to central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA), a little understood type of hair loss that affects many black women. For many years, CCCA was known as "hot comb alopecia" because it was attributed to the use of hot combs to straighten hair. However, a recent study found that neither hot comb treatments nor chemical relaxers were linked with CCCA, but braids, weaves, and other hairstyles that tug at the scalp were. In addition, women with the condition tended to have balding maternal grandfathers and were also more likely to have diabetes. More...
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