Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 3, 2014)
Word of the Day

decadence

Definition:(noun) A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art.
Synonyms:degeneracy, degradation
Usage: The art of the late 19th century was an expression of the decadence and immorality of the ruling class.
Article of the Day

The Rubik's Cube

In 1974, Erno Rubik, a Hungarian architecture professor, invented the puzzle now famed as the Rubik's Cube. The standard 3x3x3 version has colored faces made of 26 smaller colored blocks attached to an internal pivot. The object is to rotate the blocks until each face of the cube is a single color. The cube's popularity has sparked many competitions—some emphasize speedy solving, while others require participants to solve it blindfolded. What did Rubik initially want to call his invention? More...
This Day in History

Illinois Becomes the 21st US State (1818)

At the end the French and Indian Wars, France ceded the entire Illinois region to Britain. This region was an integral part of the Old Northwest that was brought within US boundaries 20 years later by the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution. In 1787, the area was officially designated the Northwest Territory. Made part of Indiana Territory in 1800, Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. In recent years, Illinois has earned recognition for being what sort of state? More...
Today's Birthday

George Brinton McClellan (1826)

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, McClellan was placed in command of the Union forces in Ohio. Appointed general-in-chief of the army by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, he cautiously conducted the Peninsular Campaign but failed to take Richmond. At the Battle of Antietam, he failed to destroy Robert E. Lee's army, and Lincoln removed him from command. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president against Lincoln. What did Lee once say about McClellan? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our doubts are traitors And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

gunner's daughter

obsolete A cannon or other such armament used on a naval vessel, to which seamen were bound so as to receive lashings during corporal punishment. (Usually used with the verbs marry, kiss, or hug + the.) More...
Today's Holiday

Noel Night (2016)

Noel Night is a community holiday celebration that takes place on the first Saturday of December in the University Cultural Center area of Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1973, Noel Night offers dozens of unique holiday displays and activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a living nativity scene, musical and comedy performances, holiday lighting, and an ice sculpture competition. A community sing-a-long led by the Salvation Army Band concludes the festivities, which take place between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM. More...
In the News

US-Banned DNA Test Approved in UK

A version of a personal DNA test rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being launched in the UK. The kit, marketed by the US company 23andMe, is a "spit test" intended to provide customers with a DNA profile of gene variants that can be used to identify potential health risks. The FDA has expressed concerns about the reliability of the test and the potential consequences of false positives and false negatives. UK health officials said the test available in Britain has addressed some of those issues, but should be used with caution. More...
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