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Definition: (noun) A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.
Synonyms:whirlpool, vortex
Usage:Suddenly going down in a maelstrom, within three rods of the planks, he wholly disappeared from view, as if diving under the keel. Discuss.

Article of the Day


The Ming Dynasty

The Ming dynasty ruled over China from 1368-1644. The first Ming emperor, Chu Yüan-chang, had been a Buddhist monk before joining a rebellion, gaining control of it, and overthrowing the Mongol Yüan dynasty. Chu Yüan-chang effectively unified China, setting up a strong centralized government and instituting economic recovery programs. Despite these political modifications, the dynasty never set up a viable tax policy and always struggled financially. What was the purpose of the Jinyiwei? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 Crashes in the Andes (1972)

While carrying a Uruguayan rugby team to a match in Chile, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed high in the Andes. Many passengers died in the crash or shortly after; several more were killed in an avalanche. Stranded in the remote mountainous border between Argentina and Chile, the survivors were forced to eat the dead to avoid starvation. Knowing that the search effort had been called off, two of the remaining 16 eventually hiked out and found help. How long was it before they were rescued? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Paul Simon (1941)

Simon is an American singer and songwriter who first gained fame as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. Simon first met Art Garfunkel in sixth grade at their public school in Queens, New York. The two began performing together in the 1950s, using the name Tom and Jerry. After a break, they reunited in 1964 as Simon and Garfunkel but split again in 1970, not long after their highly successful album Bridge over Troubled Water was released. What albums did Simon record as a solo artist? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss


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n. inflammation of the tonsils (especially the palatine tonsils)
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Today's Holiday


Cranberry Day Festival

Wampanoag Indians on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, celebrate Cranberry Day, their most significant annual holiday, on the second Tuesday in October. In earlier times, this festival lasted several days as people harvested the cranberries and used them in festive dishes. These days, children get the day off from school to join the day's activities, which include picking cranberries, a lunchtime bonfire during which stories of previous Cranberry Days and other community legends are told, and a celebration in the evening with dancing, singing, and a huge potluck meal. More... Discuss