Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

rebutter

Definition:(noun) A debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument.
Synonyms:confuter
Usage: Although our opponent's speech was well-received by the crowd, our rebutter was confident that she could disprove most of his claims.
Article of the Day

Anger

Derived from an Old Norse word meaning "sorrow," anger is an emotion whose merits have been debated by philosophers and scientists alike since antiquity. Galen and Seneca, for example, regarded anger as a kind of madness and saw value in controlling it. Marcus Aurelius viewed it as a sign of weakness. Aristotle, however, believed anger to be useful for preventing injustice because it arises from perceived injustice. What have recent studies shown about the association between anger and optimism? More...
This Day in History

Eradication of Smallpox Is Certified (1979)

One of the deadliest diseases in history by sheer loss of life, smallpox was the target of a concerted, worldwide eradication campaign in the 20th century, and it became the first disease to have been successfully wiped out. Efforts focused on vaccination and quickly responding to and curtailing outbreaks. The last person to die from smallpox caught it at a laboratory, where samples of the now-vanquished disease remain. Who is the last person known to have contracted it in the wild? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717)

The son of a German cobbler, Winckelmann overcame years of hardship to pursue his love of ancient Greek art, becoming a renowned scholar and one of the founders of scientific archaeology and art history. He spent much of his later life studying in the vast Vatican Library, and his writings reawakened the popular taste for Classical art and helped spur the Neoclassical movement. In 1768, a fellow traveler—who did not know who Winckelmann was—murdered him at a hotel, ostensibly for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are two sorts of beauty, one of the mind, the other of the body; that of the mind displays and exhibits itself in intelligence, in modesty, in honorable conduct, in generosity, in good breeding...and when it is this sort of beauty...that is the attraction, love is apt to spring up suddenly and violently.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

lay down and die

To quit; to give up hope or ambition. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua National Heroes Day (2017)

Antigua and Barbuda has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More...
In the News

Shooting at Virginia Tech Sparks Campus-Wide Lockdown

A shooting yesterday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the deadliest shooting rampages in US history, sparked a four-hour campus lockdown while police searched for the gunman. According to reports, shortly after noon on Thursday, a man walked over to a campus police officer involved in a routine traffic stop, shot and killed him, and then fled. A second gunshot victim, who also died, was later found in a campus parking lot. It is now believed that this second victim was in fact the shooter and that he took his own life. For many, yesterday's shooting was a frightening reminder of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that claimed the lives of 32 people. More...
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