Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

turpitude

Definition:(noun) A corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice.
Synonyms:depravity
Usage: Seeing the various turpitudes of modern society shook her faith in humanity.
Article of the Day

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a disorder characterized by sudden, uncontrollable, and often brief attacks of sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations. Its cause is unknown, it has no cure, but it is fairly common—the US alone is home to some 200,000 narcoleptics. People with narcolepsy may abruptly fall asleep at any time, including while talking or even walking. The attacks can range from embarrassing and inconvenient to severely disruptive of daily life. How is narcolepsy diagnosed? More...
This Day in History

SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010)

In 2002, PayPal cofounder Elon Musk established the space transportation company SpaceX. In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to place a spacecraft into orbit and successfully recover it. The craft, called Dragon, was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. In 2012, Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with and be attached to the International Space Station (ISS). When did Dragon begin regular cargo flights to the ISS? More...
Today's Birthday

James Thurber (1894)

After working at various newspapers, Thurber served on the staff of The New Yorker from 1927 to 1933 and was later a principal contributor to the magazine, publishing drawings, stories, and anecdotes of his misadventures. He is especially known for his short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In 1940, his failing eyesight forced him to curtail his drawing, and by 1952 he had to give it up altogether as his blindness had become nearly total. What is said to be Thurber's last drawing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sentence first, verdict afterwards.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) heart in (something)

To be emotionally and enthusiastically involved in something; to do or undertake something with passion and zeal. More...
Today's Holiday

Uzbekistan Constitution Day (2016)

On December 8, 1992, the new constitution of Uzbekistan was signed, creating a democratic system of government for the newly-independent country. Uzbekistan was created in 1924 by the communist government of the Soviet Union and became an independent nation in 1991. On Constitution Day, the country's president usually broadcasts a message of greeting to the Uzbekistan people, in which he reiterates the democratic ideals of the constitution and outlines what steps the government has taken to ensure that those ideals are carried out. More...
In the News

Overdue Library Book Returned after 65 Years

A copy of Gone with the Wind has been returned to John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington, after a very long absence. A slip inside the book shows that it was checked out of the school library by Betty Mandershied, one of the school's students, on January 4, 1949. The book resurfaced this past October in Maine when Wayne Hachey discovered it in his father's basement. Once Hachey saw that it belonged to the library, he offered to ship it back. In return, the school promised to waive the book's nearly $500 in late fees. More...
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