Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

tune-up

Definition:(noun) Exercising in preparation for strenuous activity.
Synonyms:warm-up, prolusion
Usage: The scrimmage was a tune-up for the big game.
Article of the Day

Maenads

Also called bacchantes, maenads were female followers of the Greek wine-god Dionysus. The name "maenad" comes from a Greek word meaning "mad" or "demented." During the rites of Dionysus, maenads roamed the mountains and forests performing frenzied, ecstatic dances and were believed to be possessed by the god. While under his influence, they supposedly had extraordinary strength, and it was said they could tear animals—or people—to pieces. This was the fate met by what mythological figure? More...
This Day in History

The March on Versailles (1789)

During the French Revolution, 6,000 knife-wielding fishwives and their husbands marched to the Palace of Versailles, gleefully singing songs about killing Marie Antoinette, whom they blamed for recent bread shortages. They broke into the palace early the next morning and beheaded two royal guards. The queen, her children, and her attendants hid in the king's bedchamber while a large crowd gathered in the courtyard outside, demanding an audience. Aside from food, what did they demand of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Denis Diderot (1713)

Enormously influential in shaping the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century, Diderot was a French encyclopedist, philosopher, novelist, dramatist, and art critic. After rejecting a career in law to pursue his own studies, he served as chief editor of the 35-volume Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Enlightenment, from 1745 to 1772. The controversial project was once the target of a seizure by government officials. Where were the manuscripts said to have been hidden? More...
Quotation of the Day
Observation is an old man's memory.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

National Fire Prevention Week (2015)

October 9 is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Every year since 1925, the week in which October 9 falls has been observed nationwide as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for National Fire Prevention Week and sets up programs to educate the public about a particular aspect of fire prevention. For example, one past theme was the importance of keeping smoke detectors in good working order. More...
In the News

Denmark's "Fat Tax" a First

In an effort to curb residents' unhealthy eating habits, Denmark has introduced a new tax on foods that contain more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. The "fat tax," believed to be the first of its kind in the world, will raise the prices of foods like butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, and oil. Still, some question whether the tax will actually deter people from buying the products, and others question whether saturated fat was the wisest food component to target, given that salt, sugar, and refined carbohydrates can also be detrimental to people's health. More...
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