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

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Is Signed (1987)

Signed by US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty represented a historic shift in superpower relations. The first treaty to mandate a reduction in stockpiled weapons rather than just a limit on them, it required the destruction of 1,752 Soviet and 859 US missiles. Though the agreement has been upheld by some Soviet successor states, Russian President Vladimir Putin said what about the treaty in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Rivera (1886)

Rivera was a Mexican mural painter. In Europe, he was influenced by the paintings of El Greco and Goya and closely associated with Cézanne and Picasso. Convinced that his art belonged to the populace and should be displayed in public spaces, he returned to Mexico in 1921 and painted, with the assistance of younger artists, large murals dealing with the life, history, and social problems of Mexico. He later completed several murals in the US. Rivera was twice married to what famous artist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sentence first, verdict afterwards.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

last burst of fire

A final effort or attempt, especially as before failure or defeat. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Beaches (Día de las Playas) (2017)

In Uruguay, December 8 is known as the Day of the Beaches because it marks the official opening of the beach season on the coast known as the "Uruguayan Riviera." There are ceremonies in which a priest blesses the waters, sailing regattas, horseback riding competitions, and an international shooting contest at Carrasco. Sometimes this day is referred to as Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day. 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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