Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

uncivil

Definition:(adjective) Lacking civility or good manners.
Synonyms:rude
Usage: Dost think, because you have seen some great ladies rude and uncivil to persons below them, that none of them know how to behave themselves when they come before their inferiors?
Article of the Day

Jeffrey Hudson, the "Queen's Dwarf"

Known as the "Queen's Dwarf" and "Lord Minimus," Hudson was a member of the court of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England. The rare combination of extreme short stature—Hudson was less than 20 in (50 cm) tall—and normal body proportions made him quite the novelty in the courts of Europe. Expelled from the court after killing a man in a duel, Hudson was captured by pirates and enslaved in Africa for 25 years before being freed. How much did he reportedly grow during his captivity? More...
This Day in History

Centennial Olympic Park Bombing (1996)

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, a bombing in Centennial Olympic Park killed one person and injured 111 others. Despite the attack, officials and athletes agreed that the games should continue. Security guard Richard Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for discovering the bomb and helping clear the area before it detonated, but he soon fell under suspicion and was vilified by various media outlets before finally being exonerated. Who was actually behind the bombing? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludovico Sforza (1452)

Sforza effectively ruled Milan from 1480, first as regent for his young nephew and later, after his nephew's suspicious death, as duke. The patron of Leonardo da Vinci, he presided over the final and most productive period of the Milanese Renaissance but was captured and imprisoned while fighting to expel the French from Italy. Before his fall, he was one of the wealthiest and most powerful princes of Italy, spending immense sums to further the arts and sciences. What painting did he commission? More...
Quotation of the Day
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

(all) great minds run in the same channel

Wise or intelligent people tend to have the same ideas or think in a similar way. Often used humorously regarding unremarkable thoughts occuring simultaenously between two or more people. More...
Today's Holiday

Cheyenne Frontier Days (2016)

What began in 1897 as an attempt to keep alive the sports and customs of the Old West has grown into a week-long festival that regularly attracts over 300,000 visitors. Cheyenne, Wyoming, was one of the wealthiest cattle-raising cities in the world in the 1880s, and now it celebrates its colorful history by staging one of the world's largest outdoor rodeos. The festival also includes parades of covered wagons, stagecoaches and other old-time vehicles; ceremonial Native American dances; the crowning of a "Miss Frontier" queen; and pageants recreating events from Cheyenne's past. More...
In the News

Interrupted Sleep Impairs Memory

It is believed that during sleep, the brain assesses, screens, and transfers information to long-term memory. A new study showing that interrupted sleep impairs mice's ability to build memories seems to support the idea that sleep is vital to memory formation. The findings could help explain the memory problems exhibited by people with conditions like sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep that result in frequent awakening. More...
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