Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

dulcet

Definition:(adjective) Pleasing to the ear.
Synonyms:mellifluous, honeyed, sweet
Usage: I turned on the record, closed my eyes, and allowed the dulcet tones of the cello to melt away the stress of my day.
Article of the Day

Hypomania

Hypomania is a mild form of mania that lacks the hallucinations of full-blown mania. It is most commonly associated with bipolar II disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive disorder. Someone experiencing hypomania often acts like the life of the party, exhibiting seemingly boundless energy, hyperactivity, talkativeness, heightened sexual interest, a decreased need for sleep, and recklessness, among other symptoms. What famous explorer may have been so afflicted? More...
This Day in History

Cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial Is Laid (1939)

The construction of the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 1934. In 1939, US President Franklin Roosevelt presided over a ceremony during which the cornerstone of the monument was laid. Completed and dedicated in 1943, the white marble building, designed by John Russell Pope, is a circular structure with a domed ceiling, surrounded by 26 columns. Inside is a bronze statue of Jefferson. Why was a temporary plaster statue initially erected there? More...
Today's Birthday

Felix Frankfurter (1882)

Frankfurter was a US Supreme Court justice and presidential adviser. He served as secretary of war under President William H. Taft, advised President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on many New Deal programs. In 1939, Roosevelt named him to the Supreme Court, where he served until 1962. In 1920, Frankfurter helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and argued in favor of what infamous pair of defendants? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part ... If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

glad tidings

Favorable, beneficial, or happy news. Usually used with the verbs "give" or "bring." More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the German-Speaking Community (2016)

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. This day is an occasion for German speakers to celebrate their ethnic heritage and political autonomy. To mark the occasion, regional flags are hung from public buildings in the German-speaking region as well as at locations outside the region with affiliations to the German-speaking community. This holiday falls on the same date as the King's Birthday, a celebration of Leopold I (1790–1865) that has special relevance for the community. More...
In the News

Sleep Your Way Skinny

A small-scale study of school-aged children suggests that sleep helps them keep their appetites under control and maintain a normal weight. Researchers found that when children got more sleep than usual—closer to the amount recommended by the National Sleep Foundation—they weighed less and consumed fewer calories. While further investigation is needed to confirm the link between sleep and weight, the data highlight the importance of prioritizing sleep for children. More...
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