Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

empathize

Definition:(verb) Be understanding of.
Synonyms:sympathize, understand
Usage: Having changed schools several times as a child, I empathize with the transfer students.
Article of the Day

The Third Servile War

The Servile Wars were three slave uprisings—the last of which was led by the gladiator Spartacus—that took place in the later years of the Roman Republic. With a force of 90,000 gladiators, slaves, and peasants, Spartacus overran most of southern Italy in 73 BCE. He led his army north, hoping to release them to find freedom, but they refused to abandon their campaign. After Spartacus was killed in battle, the revolt was cruelly put down by Crassus and Pompey. How were the survivors punished? More...
This Day in History

Enron CFO Andrew Fastow Indicted for Fraud (2002)

In 2000, natural gas and electricity trading giant Enron was the seventh largest corporation in the US. In 2001, it became the largest bankruptcy and stock collapse in US history at the time, devastating the pensions of some 20,000 employees. Fastow, Enron's chief financial officer, was one of more than 20 people who were ultimately convicted of or pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy, and other crimes related to deceptive accounting practices. How long is Fastow's prison sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

John Keats (1795)

Considered one of the greatest English poets, Keats worked as a surgeon's apprentice before devoting himself entirely to poetry at age 21. During a few intense months in 1819, he produced many of his greatest works, including "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode to a Nightingale," and "To Autumn." His Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems is perhaps the greatest single volume of poetry published in England in the 19th century. Tragically, Keats died at just 25 from what disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are only two styles of portrait painting, the serious and the smirk.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Guavaween (2015)

Guavaween is a parade and block party with a Latin flavor in Ybor City, a two-square-mile area in Tampa, Florida. The "guava" stands for the tropical American fruit, while the "ween" alludes to the festival's resemblance to Halloween, also observed around this time of year. The parade, with 20 to 50 bands, is led by a woman portraying the mythical "Mama Guava" doing the "Mama Guava Stumble." Many paraders wear costumes lampooning national figures. After the early evening parade, there is partying until the wee hours. More...
In the News

Hormones Sabotage Weight Loss

A lack of willpower may not be to blame for the fact that most dieters end up regaining the weight within a year of slimming down. Hormonal disruption, on the other hand, may be the culprit. Dieting and weight loss disrupt hunger-related hormones, causing a decrease in the levels of at least one appetite-suppressing hormone and an increase in the levels of other hormones, including one that stimulates hunger. It turns out that these hormonal changes can persist for as long as a year, making maintaining weight loss particularly challenging. More...
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