Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

afflict

Definition:(verb) Cause physical pain or suffering in.
Synonyms:smite
Usage: My grandmother is afflicted with arthritis, and it makes it hard for her to get around.
Article of the Day

Biorhythms

Biorhythms are recurring patterns of physiological states in an organism or organ. One example is the circadian rhythm that governs humans' sleep-wake cycle as well as their blood pressure changes and urine production during a 24-hour period. Circannual rhythms are yearly cycles that respond to changes in the length of periods of daylight. Some people believe that biorhythms affect physical and mental states and behavior. Who thought that his students' good and bad days followed a 33-day cycle? More...
This Day in History

Whaling Ship Essex Rammed by Whale (1820)

In 1819, the whaling ship Essex left Massachusetts for the South Pacific to hunt sperm whales. On November 20, 1820, in an incident that would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the Essex was rammed multiple times by a sperm whale and sank 2,000 miles (3,700 km) off the coast of South America. The crew took three small boats to a nearby island, but many soon set out again. Conditions in the boats worsened, and the sailors had to resort to cannibalism. How many survived? More...
Today's Birthday

Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866)

Landis was a US federal judge and the first commissioner of professional baseball. Named for a Georgia mountain where his father had been wounded during the Civil War, he practiced law in Illinois before serving as a US district judge. In 1907, he presided over a famous case in which the Standard Oil Company was found guilty of granting unlawful freight rebates and fined $29 million, but his decision was later reversed. He was named baseball commissioner in 1920 in the aftermath of what scandal? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

golden touch

The ability to earn a large amount of money or be very successful in any endeavor. From the Greek myth of King Midas, who was granted the ability to turn anything he touched into solid gold. More...
Today's Holiday

Trois Glorieuses (2016)

The Three Glorious Days is a French wine festival that occurs on the last weekend of November in Côte d'Or Department, Burgundy, in eastern France. On the first day, the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin receive their new members, followed by a pig dinner during which hundreds of bottles of wine are uncorked. The second day of the festival takes place at Beaune, where a wine auction is held at the Hospice de Beaune. On the final day in Meursault, everyone who has taken part in the work of the wine harvest is invited to a huge banquet with folk dancing and merrymaking. More...
In the News

UN Observes World Toilet Day

In the developed world, we tend to take sanitation for granted, but more than one-third of the people on Earth still lack access to essential sanitary facilities like bathrooms. Without proper sanitation, human waste contaminants enter the environment and water supply, leading to the spread of disease. Lack of access to bathroom facilities also compromises people's dignity and safety and has been found to limit social and economic development. The issue is largely ignored, however, because publicly addressing toilets and bodily functions is generally considered taboo. So, in an effort to raise awareness and spur the international community to action, the UN yesterday observed World Toilet Day for the first time. More...
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