Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

overstate

Definition:(verb) To enlarge beyond bounds or the truth.
Synonyms:exaggerate, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, amplify
Usage: I don't want to overstate things, but I feel like if I don't eat a hamburger in the next five minutes I am going to die of hunger.
Article of the Day

The Gundestrup Cauldron

The Gundestrup Cauldron is a silver religious vessel from the 1st century BCE that was found in 1891 in a peat bog in Denmark. At 2.3 ft (69 cm) in diameter and 1.4 ft (42 cm) in height, it is the largest European example of Iron Age silverwork ever found. The way that the lavishly decorated artifact had been dismantled and stacked suggests that it had been hidden, not lost. There are differing theories as to its origin because the style and workmanship are Thracian, yet the imagery is what? More...
This Day in History

The Great Blizzard of '88 Begins (1888)

The Great Blizzard of '88 was one of the most severe blizzards in US history. Snowfalls of 40 to 50 in (102 to 127 cm) fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and snowdrifts exceeded 50 ft (15 m) in some places. Railroads were shut down, and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. More than 400 people died from the storm and the ensuing cold, including 200 in New York City alone. What infrastructure changes were made in the aftermath of the storm? More...
Today's Birthday

Marius Ivanovich Petipa (1822)

The principal creator of the modern classical ballet, Petipa was a French-born Russian dancer and choreographer. He received early training from his ballet-master father and was a dancer in France, Belgium, and Spain before joining the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he created several ballets and became chief choreographer in 1869. By his retirement in 1903, he had produced more than 60 ballets for the imperial theatres in St. Petersburg and Moscow, including what performances? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

bored to tears

Extremely bored to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. More...
Today's Holiday

King's Birthday (Denmark) (2016)

Though no longer observed, the birthday of Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972) was a national holiday in that country, marked by patriotic speeches and parades. Soldiers in uniform would march down the main street of Copenhagen, the capital, accompanied by military bands. This was also an occasion for singing Denmark's two national anthems, "Kong Kristian Stod Ved Hojen Mast" ("King Kristian Stood Beside the Lofty Mast") and "Der Er Et Yndigt Land" ("This Is a Lovely Land"). Frederick IX became king of Denmark in 1947 and ruled until his death in 1972. More...
In the News

LSD for Alcoholics

Using a hallucinogenic drug to help alcoholics fight their addiction might seem counterintuitive, but study data from the 1960s indicate that just a single dose of LSD has a significant beneficial effect on alcohol abuse. Nearly 60 percent of the patients in alcohol treatment programs who were given the drug showed reduced levels of alcohol misuse, compared to just 38 percent of those getting alcohol treatment alone. The effect was strongest in the six months following the LSD treatment and faded after a year. Researchers suspect that repeated doses could have a long-term benefit. More...
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