Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

undulate

Definition:(verb) To cause to move in a smooth wavelike motion.
Synonyms:roll
Usage: The singer undulated her hips to the rhythm of the song.
Article of the Day

Table Tennis

Table tennis originated in 19th-century England and soon spread to several European countries and to the US. In 1926, the International Table Tennis Federation was founded to standardize rules and equipment. The sport won publicity in 1971 when a US team was invited to play in China, thereby initiating the first officially sanctioned Sino-American cultural exchange in almost 20 years. The name "ping pong" is derived from the sound generated in play, as is what other nickname for the sport? More...
This Day in History

Jens Olsen's World Clock Is Started by Danish King Frederick IX (1955)

Originally a skilled locksmith, Jens Olsen learned the trade of clock-making and, in the 1920s, designed an exceedingly intricate astronomical clock made of more than 14,000 parts. Today displayed in Copenhagen City Hall, the clock shows not only the time and date but also lunar and solar eclipses and the positions of stars and planets. The complex clock took over a decade to assemble, and Olsen died before his masterpiece was finally set in motion by King Frederick IX. Who helped him start it? More...
Today's Birthday

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (37 CE)

Nero became emperor of Rome by murdering his mother and step-brother. His respectful treatment of the Senate made him a popular emperor in the east, but his reign was marred by unemployment and a major revolt in Britain. After a fire ravaged Rome in 64 CE, he persecuted the Christians as scapegoats. With his reign in decline, Nero went on a murderous rampage, was condemned by the Senate, and chose suicide over execution. According to legend, Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Is it true? More...
Quotation of the Day
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be kept in the dark (about something)

To be kept uninformed (about something); to be excluded from full knowledge or disclosure (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2017)

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More...
In the News

Laughing Gas Could Be Antidepressant Alternative

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that "laughing gas"—nitrous oxide, the mild sedative often used in dental procedures—can alleviate symptoms of clinical depression in patients who see few results with traditional antidepressant s. More than half of study participants who received nitrous oxide treatment felt a noticeable improvement in their symptoms after a day, and some reported complete remission. However, researchers say further studies are needed to replicate the results. More...
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