Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

ebullition

Definition:(noun) An unrestrained expression of emotion.
Synonyms:effusion, outburst, blowup, gush
Usage: The count bit his lips till the blood almost started, to prevent the ebullition of anger which his proud and irritable temper scarcely allowed him to restrain.
Article of the Day

Kayfabe

Borrowed from carnival slang, "kayfabe" is a term used in professional wrestling to describe the portrayal of staged events as real. Breaking kayfabe is frowned upon, but it can occasionally be unavoidable, as when a wrestler suffers an unscripted injury. The line between reality and kayfabe is sometimes blurred, such as when real-life spouses "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth "wed" in the ring. What was the Montreal Screwjob, perhaps the most infamous kayfabe-breaking moment? More...
This Day in History

The First Geneva Convention Is Signed (1864)

After witnessing firsthand the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers left without aid on a battlefield in Italy, Jean-Henri Dunant returned to his native Switzerland and began campaigning for the humane treatment of war wounded. This prompted an international conference that resulted in the First Geneva Convention, an international agreement protecting neutral medical personnel and wounded soldiers. The Red Cross was also founded as a direct result of his efforts. What battle inspired him? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908)

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered the father of photojournalism. His works, which were unmanipulated and achieved with simple techniques, are remarkable for their flawless capture of a situation's "decisive moment." He served in World War II and escaped a Nazi prison camp after three years to dig up a camera he had previously buried. He hated being photographed and was fiercely private. He claimed to have confided his secrets in someone he would never meet again. Who? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

(someone) (just) doesn't know when to quit

Someone would be better off not doing something or acting a certain way because it is or may become destructive, counterproductive, futile, or undesirable. More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2017)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Incision-Free Autopsy in Development

As our understanding of the human body has evolved, so too has our approach to post-mortem examinations. However, one fundamental aspect of autopsies has remained constant over the millennia, and that is the act of cutting the body open to perform the exam. For the bereaved, the knowledge that a recently deceased loved one will be subjected to such a procedure can be heartwrenching, but one entrepreneur hopes to ease their emotional burden by removing the scalpel from the process entirely. He is developing a digital autopsy process that uses existing imaging technologies to visualize the corpse in three dimensions without the need for a single incision. More...
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