Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

banal

Definition:(adjective) Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite.
Synonyms:stock, threadbare, hackneyed, old-hat, well-worn, tired
Usage: By his twelfth book, his plots had become downright banal.
Article of the Day

Veni Vidi Vici

Before Julius Caesar was made dictator for life, he engaged in a civil war with his rival Pompey. Caesar started the war by crossing the Rubicon River into Italy, reportedly uttering the words Iacta alea est—"the die is cast." Pompey fled and was eventually killed after Caesar pursued him to Egypt. From Egypt, Caesar went to Syria and Pontus, where in 47 BCE he defeated Pharnaces II with such ease that he reported his victory with the words Veni, vidi, vici—meaning what? More...
This Day in History

The Springhill Mine Bump (1958)

Just two years after an explosion killed 39 miners in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada, the most severe "bump," or underground shockwave, in North American mining history devastated the mining town again. Of the 174 miners in the mine at the time of the collapse, 100 were rescued by draegermen—rescue miners—who spent days trying to make contact with those below. Seventy-four miners were killed in the tragedy. Why were the bodies of the dead removed from the mine in airtight aluminum coffins? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Larousse (1817)

Larousse was a French publisher, lexicographer, and encyclopedist. In 1852, he founded a publishing house called Librairie Larousse, producing textbooks, grammar books, and dictionaries, but his major work, reflecting his desire "to teach everyone about everything," was the combined dictionary and encyclopedia Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle, or Great Universal 19th-Century Dictionary, which took more than 10 years to complete. Who finished it after Larousse's death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Today's Holiday

Hungary Republic Day (2015)

In Hungary, Republic Day and the 1956 Revolution are celebrated on October 23. They originally commemorated the 1956 uprising against Soviet control. On October 23, 1989, in honor of the previous revolution, Hungarians established a new republic, amending the constitution to allow multiparty politics, public assembly, and create separation of power in the government. More...
In the News

Why Some Get SAD

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression most often experienced in winter, when exposure to sunlight is limited. Although the mechanism of the disorder is not entirely understood, researchers are closing in on its causes. Data show that people with SAD have higher evening and nighttime levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) protein during the winter months than do healthy volunteers. SERT carries serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, back into nerve cells where it is not active, so these higher SERT levels could conceivably account for the "winter blues." More...
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