Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

uncivil

Definition:(adjective) Lacking civility or good manners.
Synonyms:rude
Usage: Dost think, because you have seen some great ladies rude and uncivil to persons below them, that none of them know how to behave themselves when they come before their inferiors?
Article of the Day

Jeffrey Hudson, the "Queen's Dwarf"

Known as the "Queen's Dwarf" and "Lord Minimus," Hudson was a member of the court of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England. The rare combination of extreme short stature—Hudson was less than 20 in (50 cm) tall—and normal body proportions made him quite the novelty in the courts of Europe. Expelled from the court after killing a man in a duel, Hudson was captured by pirates and enslaved in Africa for 25 years before being freed. How much did he reportedly grow during his captivity? More...
This Day in History

Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Though an unnamed bunny appeared in Merrie Melodies cartoons in the 1930s, the true Bugs Bunny was born with the 1940 release of "A Wild Hare," in which a clever, mischievous Bugs plays pranks on his hapless nemesis, a hunter named Elmer Fudd. Bugs went on to become one of the most well-known and beloved cartoon characters of all time, perhaps second only to Mickey Mouse. "A Wild Hare" was nominated for an Oscar the same year that another cartoon introduced what pair of cartoon rivals? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853)

Korolenko was a Ukrainian-Russian writer. Arrested for revolutionary activities in 1879, he was sent to various places of exile where he wrote many of his lyrical short stories, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature and the lives of the poor. After 1895, he devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he reservedly welcomed the 1917 revolution but later opposed the Bolsheviks. His most famous story, "Makar's Dream," describes a dying peasant's dream—of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

jump in (one's) skin

To start or recoil, as from shock, surprise, or fear. More...
Today's Holiday

Days of '76 (2017)

This celebration held each year in Deadwood, South Dakota, is an attempt to revive the spirit of the gold rush days. The festivities begin with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Then there is a three-mile-long historical parade that includes floats portraying the various stages of, and characters in, Deadwood's history—from the earliest settlers to the coming of industry and tourism. A kids' carnival is in town during the festival, and street dances featuring country music take place Thursday through Saturday night. More...
In the News

Interrupted Sleep Impairs Memory

It is believed that during sleep, the brain assesses, screens, and transfers information to long-term memory. A new study showing that interrupted sleep impairs mice's ability to build memories seems to support the idea that sleep is vital to memory formation. The findings could help explain the memory problems exhibited by people with conditions like sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep that result in frequent awakening. More...
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