Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

foppish

Definition:(adjective) Affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner.
Synonyms:dandyish
Usage: Though not foppish, he appreciated fine clothes.
Article of the Day

Samizdat

Samizdat was the clandestine system of writing, printing, and distributing literature that was suppressed by the Soviet government. The term also refers to the literature itself. Samizdat began appearing in the 1950s and typically took the form of carbon copies of typewritten sheets that were passed from reader to reader. Subjects included dissident activities, transcripts of political trials, and analyses of socioeconomic and cultural themes. What does samizdat mean in Russian? More...
This Day in History

Napalm Incendiary Bombs Dropped for First Time by US Air Force (1944)

Napalm is an organic compound used to thicken gasoline for use as an incendiary in flamethrowers and firebombs. The thickened mixture burns more slowly and can be propelled more accurately and farther than gasoline. When it comes in contact with surfaces, including the human body, it sticks and continues to burn. It was developed and first used by the US in World War II. Its use in the Vietnam War became highly controversial. "Napalm" is a combination of what two words? More...
Today's Birthday

S.Y. Agnon (1888)

Agnon was an Israeli writer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Hebrew novelists and short-story writers. Born into a Polish Galician family in what is now Ukraine, Agnon settled in Palestine in 1907. His fiction explores Jewish life from the late 18th century to the post-WWI period. The Day Before Yesterday, perhaps his greatest novel, examines the problems faced by the westernized Jewish immigrant to Israel. In 1966, Agnon shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sooner or later we have all to pay for what we do.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

good job

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Lu Pan

This holiday commemorates the birth of Lu Pan, the Taoist patron saint of carpenters and builders. In Hong Kong, people in the construction industry observe the day with banquets to give thanks for their good fortune in the past year; they also pay their respects at noon at the Lu Pan Temple in Kennedy TownKennedy Town. Because his inventions are indispensable to building, it is common practice at the start of major construction projects for employees to have feasts, burn incense, and offer prayers to Lu Pan so that he may protect them and the construction work from disaster. More...
In the News

Obesity Gene Increases Hunger

Many people still consider obesity to be an issue of self control, but it is actually a complex problem influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics. The FTO gene is known to play a role in the development of obesity, but scientists did not understand just how it did so until now. A new study found that the gene may affect the levels of a hunger-stimulating hormone in the body called ghrelin. Men with two copies of the high-risk FTO gene variant had higher levels of ghrelin in their blood as well as increased sensitivity to the chemical in their brains as compared to men with the low-risk versions. This essentially biologically predisposes them to eat more. More...
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