Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

chalkstone

Definition:(noun) A deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear; diagnostic of advanced or chronic gout.
Synonyms:tophus
Usage: Once the doctor saw the chalkstone, he knew his patient was suffering from gout.
Article of the Day

Kinesics

Kinesics is the study of nonverbal, systematic communication through bodily movements, such as gestures, posture, and facial expressions. The study was pioneered by Ray Birdwhistell, a ballet dancer turned anthropologist, who wrote Introduction to Kinesics in 1952. Borrowing from descriptive linguistics, he argued that non-verbal forms of language have a grammar that can be analyzed like spoken language. Why is a "kineme" in kinesics similar to a phoneme in linguistics? More...
This Day in History

The Tennis Court Oath (1789)

In the first days of the French Revolution, the deputies of the Third Estate were locked out of their usual meeting hall at Versailles. Believing that their newly formed National Assembly was to be disbanded, they met at a nearby tennis court and took an oath not separate until a constitution was established for France. The oath was an assertion that power came from the people not the monarch, and their solidarity forced King Louis XVI to concede. Who was the only deputy not to sign the oath? More...
Today's Birthday

Lillian Hellman (1905)

After working as a book reviewer, press agent, and play reader, Hellman began writing plays in the 1930s. Her first major success, The Children's Hour, concerned two schoolteachers falsely accused of lesbianism. She examined family infighting in her hit The Little Foxes and political injustice in Watch on the Rhine. All were made into successful films. Hellman was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. What happened when she refused to testify? More...
Quotation of the Day
A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool's part.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

amount to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference. More...
Today's Holiday

Eritrean Martyrs' Day (2016)

Following its defeat of Ethiopian government forces in 1991 to establish national independence, Eritrea instituted an official holiday to pay tribute to those who died for the country's liberation. The struggle, which lasted from 1961 to 1991, claimed the lives of an estimated 65,000 freedom fighters and tens of thousands of civilians. Many Eritreans observe Martyrs' Day by filing into mass mourning processions that conclude at the "Martyrs' Graveyards" located throughout the country. In 1997, the government opened the National Martyrs' Park outside the capital city, Asmara. More...
In the News

Big Change for #TheNew10 Dollar Bill

A woman will soon grace the face of American cash. In five years, the Treasury department will replace Alexander Hamilton featured on the $10 bill with a historical female figure. "It's time for a woman to be back on our paper currency," Treasury Secretary ... More...
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