Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

sybarite

Definition:(noun) A person devoted to pleasure and luxury; a voluptuary.
Synonyms:voluptuary
Usage: This official sybarite dressed, dined, and visited a dozen or fifteen salons between eight at night and three in the morning.
Article of the Day

Face Blindness

Prosopagnosia is a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize objects may be relatively intact. Because prosopagnosia is a variegated disorder, with patients exhibiting different types and levels of impairment, face perception is now theorized as utilizing a specialized brain system and involving multiple stages that can be interrupted in many ways. What techniques do prosopagnosia sufferers use to recognize people? More...
This Day in History

The Saturday Night Massacre (1973)

While investigating the Watergate scandal, special prosecutor Archibald Cox subpoenaed audiotapes of conversations implicating US President Richard Nixon in a cover-up of a burglary of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. Nixon refused to produce the tapes and ordered the US attorney general and his deputy to fire Cox. On the same Saturday, both men resigned in protest, and public outcry eventually forced Nixon to surrender the tapes. What happened to Cox? More...
Today's Birthday

Pauline Bonaparte (1780)

A woman of great beauty and considerable scandal, Pauline Bonaparte was Napoleon's favorite sister. She accompanied her first husband on an expedition to subdue Haiti, but he failed and died of yellow fever. Pauline then married a Roman nobleman, but she soon tired of him and returned to Paris, where her scandalous conduct earned her a reputation. Pauline was the only one of Napoleon's siblings to come to his aid when he was exiled to Elba, despite having incurred his disfavor for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

a line in the sand

A figurative boundary that someone or some group refuses to cross or beyond which no further advance or compromise is accepted. (Used especially in the phrase "draw a line in the sand.") More...
Today's Holiday

Texas Rose Festival (2017)

This annual tribute to roses is held in Tyler, Texas, the center of the region that produces more than a third of the field-grown roses in the United States. Tyler's Municipal Rose Garden, one of the largest rose gardens in the country, covers 14 acres and has some 30,000 rose bushes. They blossom among pines, fountains, gazebos, and archways. The festival features the coronation of a Rose Queen, a rose show, a parade of floats decorated with roses, and tours of the rose gardens. There are also arts and crafts shows, a square-dance festival, and a symphony concert. More...
In the News

Artificial Skin Could Give Prosthetics a Sense of Touch

In a step toward giving prosthetic limbs a sense of touch, scientists have developed an artificial skin that can "feel" pressure and send those signals to brain cells. Reporting in the Oct. 16 issue of Science, researchers say the plastic skin mimics ... More...
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