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

Clutter Family Murdered (1959)

In 1959, parolees Richard Hickock and Perry Smith murdered Herbert and Bonnie Clutter and their two children while attempting to rob their Kansas farmhouse. Writer Truman Capote spent the next five years researching the crime and interviewing those involved, including Hickock and Smith, who were hanged for the murders in 1965. Capote's In Cold Blood was published shortly thereafter and launched the nonfiction novel genre. What famous author traveled to Kansas with Capote? More...
Today's Birthday

Erwin Rommel (1891)

After nearly three decades in the German army, Rommel, who would become a famous WWII field marshal, was promoted by Hitler to the rank of general in 1939. The next year, he brilliantly commanded a panzer division in the attack on France. He then led the Afrika Korps against the Allies in N Africa, where he became known as the "Desert Fox" for his audacious surprise attacks. Allied success led Rommel to lose respect for Hitler and join a plot to remove the führer from office. How did Rommel die? 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)

Today's Holiday

La Quintaine (2015)

St. Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners, is honored each year in the French town of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat by a ceremony in which 30 men carry the quintaine, a three-foot-high box painted to resemble a prison, to the church to be blessed. Afterward, they mount it on a post and strike it with mallets as they gallop by on horseback. Fragments of the smashed quintaine are said to bring good luck and to make hens lay eggs. 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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