Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 1, 2013)
Word of the Day

prehension

Definition:(noun) The act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles).
Synonyms:taking hold, grasping, seizing
Usage: A well-developed tail … might subsequently come to be worked in for all sorts of purposes, as a fly-flapper, an organ of prehension, or as an aid in turning.
Article of the Day

Queen Catherine de' Medici

A member of the powerful Medici family, Catherine married Henry II in 1533, and together they had 10 children. She became queen when Henry inherited the crown in 1547. Though he largely excluded her from state affairs, she was thrust into the political arena upon his death in 1559. As regent for her young sons, first Francis II and then Charles IX, she determined state policy to a considerable extent. For that reason, she is generally blamed for what massacre carried out under Charles IX's rule? More...
This Day in History

General Mills Introduces Cheerios as CheeriOats (1941)

General Mills introduced its oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal as CheeriOats but, in 1946, changed its name to Cheerios because of a trademark dispute with Quaker Oats. Today, it comes in nearly a dozen different flavors and is marketed to children as well as adults. It has used several different characters in its advertising over the years, including Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Why did the US Food and Drug Administration call Cheerios an "unapproved new drug" in 2009? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Heller (1923)

As a bombardier with the US Air Force during World War II, American writer Joseph Heller flew 60 combat missions. He drew on his wartime experiences when writing his darkly humorous novel Catch-22 (1961), a satiric commentary on the absurdity of war and bureaucracy. One of the most significant works of postwar protest literature, it was a huge critical success. What did Heller famously reply when asked why he had not written anything else as good as Catch-22? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you know what a man's doing, get in front of him; but if you want to guess what he's doing, keep behind him.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

in a measure

To a certain degree or extent; somewhat. More...
Today's Holiday

Beltane (2017)

Beltane is the Celtic name for the first day of May, which divided the ancient Celtic year in half. It was believed that each day began with the setting of the sun the night before, so Beltane was celebrated by lighting bonfires to honor the sun god. Contact with the fire was symbolic of contact with the life-giving sun. The day is still observed in parts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, with most of the celebrations revolving around fire and reflecting ancient fertility rites. More...
In the News

Flavor of Beer Excites Brain

Just a spritz of beer on the tongue is enough to trigger the brain's reward centers and increase the desire to drink. Researchers scanned the brains of volunteers while spraying small quantities of either a sports drink or beer in their mouths and found that beer elicited a greater release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Interestingly, the beverage's flavor appeared to have the greatest effect on participants with a family history of alcoholism, suggesting that the addiction has a degree of heritability. More...
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