Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

deadening

Definition:(adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
Synonyms:boring, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dull, slow
Usage: He envied Joe, down in the village,… fantastically and gloriously drunk and forgetful of Monday morning and the week of deadening toil to come.
Article of the Day

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome is a collection of allergy-like symptoms that strikes people while they are working in a particular building but tends to subside when they leave. The cause can be tough to identify. It is most often associated with poor indoor air quality, which can have many sources, such as mold, chemicals seeping out of carpets, inadequate ventilation, and ozone produced by printers and other machines. How might modern construction techniques inadvertently contribute to this syndrome? More...
This Day in History

La Marseillaise, French National Anthem, Is Composed (1792)

Written and composed by French army officer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, La Marseillaise was adopted in 1795 as France's first anthem. Although it was then banned by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, it was restored as France's national anthem in 1879. The evocative lyrics and recognizable tune of La Marseillaise have led to its use as a revolutionary anthem and have inspired many pieces of classical music and pop culture. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald (1917)

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket-A Tasket," in 1938 and went on to become one of the best-selling vocal recording artists in history and a 14-time Grammy Award winner. In 1960, she made a famous live recording in which she improvised new lyrics to a song after forgetting the original ones. The performance earned her a Grammy. What song was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never deal in transformations, for they are not honest, and no respectable sorceress likes to make things appear to be what they are not.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

dirty money

Money that is obtained or earned through illicit or illegal means, especially thievery, bribery, forgery, or money laundering. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Liberation Day (2016)

Liberation Day, or Liberty Day, is a public holiday commemorating the military coup on this day in 1974 that removed Marcello Caetano (1906-1980) from power, reflecting the opposition of many Portuguese to their government's military policies and wars in Africa. More...
In the News

Mystery Skin Ailment in Vietnam Prompts Appeal for Help

Vietnam's health authorities have requested foreign assistance to help them figure out what is behind the deaths of 19 people suffering from an unidentified skin infection. In total, 171 people in the country's central province of Quang Ngai are thought to be infected with the mysterious ailment, which begins as a rash on the hands and feet and can progress to liver problems and multiple organ failure. The illness was first reported in 2011 and reemerged last month. More...
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