Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 9, 2012)
Word of the Day

impendent

Definition:(adjective) Close in time; about to occur.
Synonyms:imminent, at hand
Usage: After a long and grueling career at the factory, Larry was eagerly anticipating his impendent retirement.
Article of the Day

The Gin Craze

In 18th-century London, an unprecedented rise in the popularity of gin led to a decades-long epidemic of extreme public drunkenness known as the Gin Craze. Moral outrage and legislative action ensued. Between 1729 and 1751, a series of laws were passed to control gin consumption. Often, such laws resulted in mass law-breaking. Lower wages, rising food prices, and the unprofitability of gin production eventually conspired to end the craze. How had gin become so popular in the first place? More...
This Day in History

John Birch Society Founded (1958)

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization? More...
Today's Birthday

William Whiston (1667)

Whiston was an English clergyman and mathematician. He won favor through his New Theory of the Earth and in 1701 was made deputy to Sir Isaac Newton, whom he succeeded as a professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Well known as a preacher, Whiston aroused opposition by proclaiming his opinions about early Christianity, and in 1710 he was dismissed from the university for heresy. In 1736, he caused widespread panic when he predicted that what would bring the world to its end within the year? More...
Quotation of the Day
There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone) coming and going

To put someone in an insescapable position or situation; to leave someone with no viable options or solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête de l'Escalade (2016)

Escalade is a celebration in Geneva, Switzerland, of the victory of the people of Geneva over the attacking French Savoyards. To mark the victory, people carrying torches and wearing period costumes and armor proceed through the old city on both banks of the Rhone River. Shops sell chocolates that look like miniature soup pots to commemorate Mère Royaume, who poured a pot of scalding soup on the head of a Savoyard soldier. The procession winds up at St. Peter's Cathedral, where the citizens sing patriotic songs and a huge bonfire concludes the celebration. More...
In the News

Is Infidelity Written All Over Your Face?

Apparently, if you are a man, it might be. Women have a certain gut instinct when it comes to telling whether a man is likely to be a cheater, and a simple portrait photograph is all they need in some cases. By just looking at a photo of a man's face, women in a recent study were able to ascertain with some degree of accuracy whether or not he had cheated on a partner at some point in his life. Masculinity may have something to do with the women's assessment process, as they tended to judge the more masculine-looking men as unfaithful. More...
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