Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

overstate

Definition:(verb) To enlarge beyond bounds or the truth.
Synonyms:exaggerate, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, amplify
Usage: I don't want to overstate things, but I feel like if I don't eat a hamburger in the next five minutes I am going to die of hunger.
Article of the Day

The Gundestrup Cauldron

The Gundestrup Cauldron is a silver religious vessel from the 1st century BCE that was found in 1891 in a peat bog in Denmark. At 2.3 ft (69 cm) in diameter and 1.4 ft (42 cm) in height, it is the largest European example of Iron Age silverwork ever found. The way that the lavishly decorated artifact had been dismantled and stacked suggests that it had been hidden, not lost. There are differing theories as to its origin because the style and workmanship are Thracian, yet the imagery is what? More...
This Day in History

Mikhail Gorbachev Becomes Leader of the Soviet Union (1985)

In 1985, after the death of the third Soviet leader in two years, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, ushering in an era of political reform with his policies of glasnost and perestroika. He cultivated warmer relations with the US and others and even supported the democratically elected governments that replaced the communist regimes of eastern Europe. In 1991, he resigned the presidency of the USSR, which ceased to exist the same day. How did his own policies lead to the end of his administration? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915)

In the 1950s, Licklider—who had studied math and physics and had a doctorate in psychology—began studying information technology. He was appointed head of information processing at ARPA, the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the early 60s. There, he laid the groundwork for computer networking and ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. He is considered one of the most important figures in computing history and is often compared to what historical trailblazer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

housewarming (party)

A party thrown to celebrate when someone moves into a new apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Purim (2017)

Six hundred years before the Christian era, most Jews were slaves in Persia. The Persian prime minister Haman persuaded King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) to let him destroy the empire's entire Jewish population. The king did not realize that his own wife, Esther, was Jewish until she pleaded with him to spare her people. The Book of Esther is read aloud in synagogues on the eve and morning of Purim, and listeners drown out every mention of Haman's name by jeering and stamping their feet. Purim is also a time for sharing food with friends and for charity to the poor. More...
In the News

LSD for Alcoholics

Using a hallucinogenic drug to help alcoholics fight their addiction might seem counterintuitive, but study data from the 1960s indicate that just a single dose of LSD has a significant beneficial effect on alcohol abuse. Nearly 60 percent of the patients in alcohol treatment programs who were given the drug showed reduced levels of alcohol misuse, compared to just 38 percent of those getting alcohol treatment alone. The effect was strongest in the six months following the LSD treatment and faded after a year. Researchers suspect that repeated doses could have a long-term benefit. More...
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