Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 8, 2014)
Word of the Day

turpitude

Definition:(noun) A corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice.
Synonyms:depravity
Usage: Seeing the various turpitudes of modern society shook her faith in humanity.
Article of the Day

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a disorder characterized by sudden, uncontrollable, and often brief attacks of sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations. Its cause is unknown, it has no cure, but it is fairly common—the US alone is home to some 200,000 narcoleptics. People with narcolepsy may abruptly fall asleep at any time, including while talking or even walking. The attacks can range from embarrassing and inconvenient to severely disruptive of daily life. How is narcolepsy diagnosed? More...
This Day in History

John Lennon Shot by Mark David Chapman (1980)

While returning to his New York hotel with wife Yoko Ono one evening, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman, a delusional and possibly psychotic Beatles fan. Chapman eventually elected not to pursue an insanity defense and instead pled guilty to the murder, receiving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. He has since been denied parole on several occasions. Rather than flee the scene after shooting Lennon, Chapman hung around and read from what book until police arrived? More...
Today's Birthday

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832)

Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer, editor, and theatre director who won the 1903 Nobel Prize for Literature. He worked to stimulate national pride by linking Norwegian history and legend to modern ideals and sought to revive Norwegian as a literary language. His poem "Yes, We Love This Land Forever" serves as the lyrics of the Norwegian national anthem. Bjørnson is known as one of "the four great ones" of 19th-century Norwegian literature. Who are the other three? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sentence first, verdict afterwards.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Today's Holiday

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2015)

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is an important day throughout Latin America, but it is especially significant in the Mexican town of San Juan de los Lagos, where the celebration begins several days in advance. The town temporarily renames the streets where the festival will occur. On Calle de Alegria (Joy Street), for example, there are puppet shows, side shows, and musical performances. On the morning of December 8, the 11-inch image of the Virgin Mary leaves the local church, carried by priests on a silver litter. More...
In the News

Overdue Library Book Returned after 65 Years

A copy of Gone with the Wind has been returned to John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington, after a very long absence. A slip inside the book shows that it was checked out of the school library by Betty Mandershied, one of the school's students, on January 4, 1949. The book resurfaced this past October in Maine when Wayne Hachey discovered it in his father's basement. Once Hachey saw that it belonged to the library, he offered to ship it back. In return, the school promised to waive the book's nearly $500 in late fees. More...
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