Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

syrupy

Definition:(adjective) Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.
Synonyms:saccharine, treacly
Usage: I can appreciate a sentimental or romantic film, but syrupy "chick flicks" are another thing altogether.
Article of the Day

Inbreeding

Inbreeding is the mating of two closely related organisms. Some animals are inbred to select for desired traits and avoid others. Inbreeding is generally discouraged among humans because harmful recessive genes are likely to be passed on to offspring, causing health problems, including growth and fertility issues. Inbreeding likely hastened the end of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, as Charles II was both impotent and infertile. What deformity worsened throughout the generations of Habsburgs? 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
Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? ... He grows a forest to hide it in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

Giant Hornets Kill Dozens in China

It is mating season for the Asian giant hornet, when it is at its most aggressive, and people in northern China are feeling the sting. More than 1,600 people in Shaanxi province have been injured by the thumb-sized hornets—the largest in the world—and 42 people have actually died. When stung, victims are injected with a potent, neurotoxic venom that can cause allergic reactions in humans as well as multiple organ failure. More...
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