Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

flyblown

Definition:(adjective) Foul and run-down and repulsive.
Synonyms:sordid, squalid
Usage: The gang met at a flyblown, grimy little bar on the edge of town to plan its next heist.
Article of the Day

Trichotillomania

Also commonly known as TTM and "trich," trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out one's hair. Classified by many clinicians as a habit behavior that falls into the same class as nail biting, TTM has no cure but can sometimes be managed with habit reversal training and pharmacotherapy. It is estimated that up to 5% of the world's population has TTM. In recent years, the number of reported TTM cases has increased, a fact some attribute to what? More...
This Day in History

Turkmenistan Gains Independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

Following Turkmenistan's independence, the head of its Communist Party, Saparmurat Niyazov, became president. He developed a totalitarian cult of personality, isolating the Central Asian nation culturally and politically. Citizens were tested on their knowledge of Niyazov's autobiography and spiritual guide book, the Ruhnama—even on driver's license tests. Niyazov's successor later reversed many of his policies, including the decision to rename the months of the calendar after what? More...
Today's Birthday

Roy Lichtenstein (1923)

Lichtenstein was an American artist best known for his brilliantly colored paintings in the style of large-scale comic strips, such as Whaam! and Drowning Girl. Originally an abstract expressionist, he turned to the New York-based pop art movement in the 1960s. In addition to his comic-book inspired panels, he created ironic pop art reinterpretations of famous paintings by artists such as Picasso. Which of his works was destroyed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks? More...
Quotation of the Day
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
And so proceed ad infinitum.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a little from column A, a little from column B

Having been formed from two distinct factors, elements, or reasons. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkmenistan Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates Turkmenistan's independence from the U.S.S.R. on October 27, 1991. Turkmenistan and other republics were gradually able to establish their own autonomous states due to the relaxation of Soviet rule influenced by the policy of perestroika. When the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991, their independence was assured. More...
In the News

Growing pains: The oldest trees on Earth ripped themselves apart, fossils show

Scientists have discovered 374-million-year-old tree fossils from the dawn of Earth's forests — and found that these strange plants literally had to rip themselves apart as they grew. The fossils, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More...
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