of the Day
Definition: (adjective) Having or causing a whirling sensation.
Synonyms: whirling, dizzy
Usage: At the end of the trail, they still faced a vertiginous climb
up the face of the cliff.
This Day in History
Insulin Is Used to Treat Diabetes (1922)
In 1869, spurred by a medical student's observation of cells in the
pancreas called "Islets of Langerhans," scientists began
working to identify the role of insulin, as well as to extract and
purify it. Today we know that insulin is a hormone that regulates
carbohydrate metabolism. Patients with diabetes have either decreased
production of insulin or decreased abilities to absorb it. A fourteen
year old diabetic was given the first insulin injection in 1922. Did
the treatment work? More...
John A. MacDonald (1815)
MacDonald was the first prime minister of Canada, serving from 1867-1873
and 1878-1891. He played a crucial role in expanding Canada's territories
to include the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. These acquisitions
helped Canada become a major power in international trade and commerce
as well as a popular destination for European immigrants. More...
of the Day
I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to
spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.
Jerome K. Jerome