Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

stalking-horse

Definition:(noun) Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason.
Synonyms:pretext
Usage: Steve said he needed a book from the library, but that was just a stalking-horse to talk to the girl who worked behind the counter.
Article of the Day

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

One of the most important silent films of all time, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse established actor Rudolph Valentino as a superstar, inspired a tango craze, and beat out Charlie Chaplin's The Kid to become the highest-grossing film of 1921. It is considered to be among the first anti-war films ever made, and its success made producer June Mathis a powerful woman in Hollywood. Why does Valentino scornfully cast aside his partner at the end of the film's famous tango scene? More...
This Day in History

Cato Street Conspiracy: Plot to Kill British Cabinet Ministers Foiled (1820)

In 1816, Arthur Thistlewood, a member of the revolutionary Spencean Society in London, organized a public meeting at Spa Fields, at which a revolution was to be started. However, the meeting was easily dispersed, and Thistlewood was arrested and narrowly escaped conviction for treason. Undeterred, Thistlewood later plotted the assassination of cabinet members. The government, apprised of the conspiracy, surprised the plotters at their arsenal in a Cato Street loft. What became of Thistlewood? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Paul II (1417)

Born in Venice as Pietro Barbo, Pope Paul II was the successor of Pope Pius II, and the nephew of Pope Eugene IV. A Renaissance pope, he patronized printing, beautified and improved Rome, and collected antiquities. Like Pius II, he was involved in struggles with the Bohemian George of Podebrad, who was the leader of the Utraquists, or the moderate Hussites, in the wars between Hussites and Catholics. Paul excommunicated George in 1466. Who succeeded Paul II as pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

harrowing experience

An experience that is frightening, chilling, or disturbing, either due to an implied or actual element of danger, or from being physically or emotionally unpleasant. More...
Today's Holiday

Terminalia

In ancient Rome, February 23 marked the end of the year and was therefore an appropriate time to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries and landmarks. The terminus, a boundary stone that marked the outer limits of Rome, stood between the fifth and sixth milestones on the road to Laurentum. During the observance of the Terminalia, property owners would gather there—or at the boundary stones that marked their private lands—to place garlands around the stone and offer sacrifices. Afterward, there would be singing and socializing among family members and servants. More...
In the News

US Groups Issue Joint Guidelines for Genetic Testing in Kids

As our understanding of genetics grows, the medical community faces the daunting task of addressing the numerous practical and ethical questions that inevitably arise as a result, like whether or not to test children for known genetic diseases. On this specific issue, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics have issued joint guidelines recommending that parents be offered the opportunity to screen their children for treatable conditions whose symptoms begin in childhood. Testing for adult-onset diseases, they say, should only be carried out if early intervention would reduce the risk of later complications. More...
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