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Definition: (noun) Mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness.
Usage:After nine months in a coma, the patient began to exhibit sensibility. Discuss.

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A marionette is a small puppet manipulated by an unseen operator who usually speaks the dialogue during a performance. Marionettes were known in Greece in 5 BCE and were the most popular form of entertainment in Europe in the Middle Ages. Marionette shows flourished in England after theaters were outlawed by Puritans, and great writers and composers like Goethe and Mozart wrote for them. What is "supermarionation"? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Salem Witch Trials Begin (1692)

Viewed by many to be the result of a period of factional infighting and religious hysteria, the witch trials of Puritanical Salem Village, Massachusetts, led to the executions of 20 people—15 women and five men—and the imprisonment of approximately 150 accused witches. Even after the trials ended, people who had previously been found not guilty of witchcraft remained in prison, held until they paid their jail fees. What is "spectral evidence," and how did it play a role in the witch trials? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Yitzhak Rabin (1922)

Rabin was an Israeli military leader, politician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He rose in rank from brigade commander in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War to chief of staff in 1964 and was credited with Israel's military success in the Six Day War. After retiring to pursue a diplomatic post, Rabin succeeded Golda Meir as Prime Minister of Israel in 1974. He served two terms before his political career was cut short when he was assassinated in 1995. What event was he attending when he was killed? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

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Today's Holiday


Whuppity Scoorie (2015)

On March 1 every year, Lanark's parish church bell rings exactly at 6 p.m., after a four-month silence. As the bell begins to ring, children in this Scottish town parade three times round the church, dangling pieces of string with paper balls attached at the other end. Then they start striking one another with the paper balls in a play fight. Once pennies are tossed to the ground, the children rush to collect them. One explanation for the origin of this festival is that it can be traced back to pagan times, when people believed that making a great deal of noise would scare away evil spirits. More... Discuss