Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

ebullition

Definition:(noun) An unrestrained expression of emotion.
Synonyms:effusion, outburst, blowup, gush
Usage: The count bit his lips till the blood almost started, to prevent the ebullition of anger which his proud and irritable temper scarcely allowed him to restrain.
Article of the Day

Kayfabe

Borrowed from carnival slang, "kayfabe" is a term used in professional wrestling to describe the portrayal of staged events as real. Breaking kayfabe is frowned upon, but it can occasionally be unavoidable, as when a wrestler suffers an unscripted injury. The line between reality and kayfabe is sometimes blurred, such as when real-life spouses "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth "wed" in the ring. What was the Montreal Screwjob, perhaps the most infamous kayfabe-breaking moment? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Bosworth Field (1485)

The Battle of Bosworth Field was the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses in which Henry Tudor defeated the royal forces of Richard III, the last king of the House of York. Richard was killed in battle, and Henry advanced to London and was crowned as Henry VII. In 1486, Henry married Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth, thus uniting the houses of York and Lancaster, ending the Wars of the Roses and founding the Tudor royal dynasty. This battle is featured in which of Shakespeare's plays? More...
Today's Birthday

Deng Xiaoping (1904)

Deng was a Chinese revolutionary and government leader. A veteran of the Long March, he became deputy premier in 1952 and soon joined the Politburo Standing Committee. He was ousted and reinstated several times and at one point was assigned to work in a tractor factory. From the late 1970s until his death in 1997, he was China's most powerful leader. He promoted a wide-reaching reform program that introduced free-enterprise elements into the economy. What was Deng's famous saying about a cat? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

grill (someone) (about something)

To question or interrogate someone intensely and relentlessly (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2016)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Incision-Free Autopsy in Development

As our understanding of the human body has evolved, so too has our approach to post-mortem examinations. However, one fundamental aspect of autopsies has remained constant over the millennia, and that is the act of cutting the body open to perform the exam. For the bereaved, the knowledge that a recently deceased loved one will be subjected to such a procedure can be heartwrenching, but one entrepreneur hopes to ease their emotional burden by removing the scalpel from the process entirely. He is developing a digital autopsy process that uses existing imaging technologies to visualize the corpse in three dimensions without the need for a single incision. More...
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