Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

embrocation

Definition:(noun) A medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain.
Synonyms:liniment
Usage: The dressings on my wound and the embrocation on my sprained wrist steadily subdue the pains which I have felt so far.
Article of the Day

Gelatin

Gelatin is a foodstuff largely composed of denatured collagen, a protein that is readily digested and absorbed. It is found in the connective tissue of the cartilage, hoofs, and tendons of vertebrate animals and is extracted by the action of boiling water or dilute acid. Gelatin swells to an elastic, transparent mass when placed in contact with cold water and takes up to 10 times its own weight. It is an important food stabilizer, thickener and texturizer. What is gelatin's ballistic use? More...
This Day in History

Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, erstwhile acoustic folk musician Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time, marking a major shift in his career. The move did not go over well. Expecting an acoustic set like his two previous ones at Newport, the audience was caught off guard by Dylan's apparent betrayal of the folk genre, and some fans booed him loudly. His first appearance at the festival, in 1963, constituted his premiere national performance. Who invited him to play? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Eakins (1844)

Perhaps the greatest American artist of the 19th century, Eakins lived, worked, and taught in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for most of his life. There, he painted The Gross Clinic in 1875. Depicting a surgical operation, it was initially criticized for being too realistic, but it is now seen as his masterpiece. Eakins was an influential art teacher, but his decision to use nude models of both sexes in mixed-gender classes caused an uproar. What incident led to his resignation in 1886? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

a juggling act

A difficult and/or precarious situation in which several things are being attempted or must be maintained at the same time. More...
Today's Holiday

Grotto Day (2017)

In England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, oysters were not considered the rare delicacy they are today, and the large number of oysters eaten at that time meant there were lots of shells around. On St. James's Day, which was observed on August 5 before the Gregorian, or New Style, Calendar came into use and on July 25 thereafter, children used the shells to construct small decorative grottoes. Sometimes the children begged for pennies as a reward for their efforts. Most of this grotto-building took place in London, and the custom continued up to the 1950s. More...
In the News

Many Vietnam Veterans Still Suffer from PTSD Decades Later

Philip Paolini served four years in the Vietnam War as a marine. In the years since then, he's faced a number of hardships, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and homelessness. And Paolini's story is far from uncommon. New ... More...
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