Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

perturb

Definition:(verb) Disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed.
Synonyms:cark, disorder, disquiet, unhinge, distract, trouble
Usage: She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill.
Article of the Day

The "From Hell" Letter

In 1888, several women were murdered in the East End section of London and mutilated in ways that suggested the culprit had substantial anatomical knowledge. Authorities received hundreds of letters regarding the murders, including a number of taunting notes purportedly from the killer himself—"Jack the Ripper." However, many of the letters were believed to be hoaxes. One of the few notes thought to be authentic began with the words "from hell" and was delivered with a small box containing what? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday (1869)

In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk. How did they gain access to Grant? More...
Today's Birthday

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)

An American novelist and short-story writer, Fitzgerald was the literary spokesman of the "jazz age" of the 1920s. The characters in his books—which include This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby—lead madcap, gin-drenched, spiritually bankrupt lives that closely resemble his own. In his later years, Fitzgerald was plagued by financial worries and his wife's insanity. Why might he have lied about having tuberculosis? More...
Quotation of the Day
No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

a legend in (one's) own mind

A person who affects or believes him- or herself to be of greater importance or notoriety than is actually the case. A humorous, ironic twist on the phrase "a legend in one's own lifetime." More...
Today's Holiday

Whole Enchilada Fiesta (2017)

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta is marked by lots of red chili, lots of corn meal, lots of cheese, and lots of people. This festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico, draws about 100,000 people who scramble to get a taste of the world's biggest enchilada. It's 10 feet long and is made of 750 pounds of stone ground corn for the dough, 75 gallons of red chili sauce, and 175 pounds of cheese. The enchilada is prepared as the climactic Sunday afternoon event. Before this grand moment, there will have been a parade, street dances, arts and crafts exhibits, and a fun run. More...
In the News

Twins Joined at the Head Successfully Separated

Surgeons at a British hospital have successfully separated conjoined twins who were born attached to one another at the head. Separating the girls required a series of four complex operations. The first two, performed in May, separated their blood supply. In the third procedure, tissue expanders were inserted under their scalps to stretch the skin so that there would be enough to cover the girls' heads once they were separated. Finally, in mid-August, the girls underwent a 13-hour operation that completed their separation. More...
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