Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

chapiter

Definition:(noun) The upper part of a column that supports the entablature.
Synonyms:capital, cap
Usage: Scattered throughout the ruins were ornately carved chapiters that had once supported a soaring coliseum.
Article of the Day

Water Intoxication

Water intoxication is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by excessive ingestion of water. Too much water disturbs the body's electrolyte balance, which in turn interferes with brain function and can lead to seizures, coma, and even death. Water intoxication is common in psychiatric patients as well as infants living in poverty whose parents "stretch" powdered formula by watering it down. What are some notable cases of death by water intoxication? More...
This Day in History

The Anglo-American Convention (1818)

The Anglo-American Convention was a treaty signed in 1818 between the US and UK resolving their standing border issues and allowing for joint rights to the Oregon Country. Though it marked the beginning of improved relations between the two countries, tensions remained over the shared territory in Oregon. The British-chartered Hudson's Bay Company had already established a trading network there and sought to exclude US fur traders. What harsh policy did they implement to ward off competition? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rimbaud (1854)

Rimbaud may have put down his pen when he was just 19 to lead an international vagabond life as a merchant and trader, but in his few years as a poet, the precocious young Frenchman managed to create a literary legacy that would have a lasting influence on the symbolists and subsequent modern poets. He put his verbal virtuosity on display in works like "The Drunken Boat," A Season in Hell, and Illuminations. Who shot and wounded Rimbaud during one of their many lovers' quarrels? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Today's Holiday

Georgia Peanut Festival (2018)

A harvest festival paying tribute to Georgia's top crop is held in Sylvester, the Peanut Capital of the World—more peanuts are produced in the region around Sylvester than anywhere else in the state. This festival, which comes at the end of the peanut harvest time, began in 1964. Events of the festival include a beauty pageant to choose a Little Miss Peanut, Junior Miss Peanut, and Georgia Peanut Queen; a peanut-recipe contest for school children; clogging exhibitions; a kiddy parade and a grand parade with floats, horses, antique cars, and people dressed as peanuts. More...
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