Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

demean

Definition:(verb) Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally.
Synonyms:degrade, disgrace, put down
Usage: The CEO makes it a point to regularly demean employees in front of their colleagues, as he believes that a little public humiliation goes a long way in keeping people in their places.
Article of the Day

The Ormulum

Written in about 1180 by an Augustinian canon of Lincolnshire named Ormin, the Ormulum is a collection of homilies on the Gospels consisting of almost 19,000 lines of Middle English verse. Because Ormin uses his own system of spelling to indicate the proper pronunciation of his words, the Ormulum is invaluable to philologists studying Middle English phonology and tracing the development of English through the Norman conquests. Who is Walter, mentioned in the work’s dedication? More...
This Day in History

Last Manned Lunar Landing (1972)

With the Apollo program drawing to a close, the astronauts of Apollo 17 knew that it would be some time before anyone returned to the Moon. Hours after the mission's launch, the astronauts snapped the famous "Blue Marble" photograph of a fully illuminated Earth. Days later, they landed on the Moon. On their three moonwalks, they explored miles of the Taurus-Littrow region, collected rock samples, and set up equipment for remote data collection. Who was the last person to walk on the Moon? More...
Today's Birthday

Kamehameha V (1830)

After Kamehameha V succeeded his brother as king of Hawaii in 1863, he tried to restore the old tribal ways. He proclaimed a new constitution that restored power to the monarch, weakened the legislature, and restricted suffrage. He even refused to allow the sale of alcohol. Under his reign, the influence of American missionaries waned rapidly. On his 42nd birthday, he died without an heir, bringing the Kamehameha dynasty to an end. How did Mark Twain describe the king during his stay in Hawaii? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

the L-bomb

An expression of romantic love for another, especially when said unexpectedly and/or for the first time. Usually used in the phrase "drop the L-bomb." More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2017)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
In the News

Irregular Work Schedules Could Raise Diabetes Risk

Women whose job schedules are irregular and include both day and night shifts may be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The longer women maintain a schedule that rotates through day and night shifts, the greater the risk becomes. Researchers found that female nurses who worked periodic night shifts for three years were 20 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who worked day shifts exclusively. Those who had 20 years of shift work under their belts were 60 percent more likely to develop the disease. More...
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