Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

nonpareil

Definition:(noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms:nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An 'Only' is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better'n any other feller.
Article of the Day

Seismology

Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy? More...
This Day in History

Medicare and Medicaid Are Established (1965)

The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed. What is the difference between the two programs? More...
Today's Birthday

Smedley Darlington Butler (1881)

Born to a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, Butler joined the US Marines as a teenager. He was decorated for bravery and leadership and advanced through the ranks, but, after retiring, he became a proponent of isolationism and an outspoken critic of the government. He believed that he and the military had been used to further the business interests of wealthy Americans under the pretense of defending the country. According to legend, whose long-lost amputated arm did Butler once locate? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be not just another pretty face

To have distinguishing achievements, intelligence, skills, or abilities beyond what was or may have been assumed. More...
Today's Holiday

Boeteprocessie (Procession of the Penitents, Belgium) (2017)

The Procession of the Penitents is a religious procession in Veurne, West Flanders, Belgium. Penitents in coarse robes and hoods walk barefoot through town, many carrying heavy wooden crosses. The procession, to the sound of drumbeats, is interspersed with scenes depicting biblical events. At the end of the procession, bishops parade carrying the Sacred Host; and as the Sacrament passes, spectators quietly kneel. After the procession is over there is a kermess, or fair, in the marketplace. More...
In the News

All's Fair in Love and Dating Websites?

Researchers are held to a strict code of ethics when carrying out experiments on human subjects. For example, they are expected to obtain informed consent from participants. Yet, the obligations of websites remain murky, and some are using this to their advantage. On the heels of Facebook's revelation that it manipulated users' feeds to study emotions, dating website OKCupid admitted to carrying out its own experiments, one of which involved falsifying compatibility information to see how it would impact users' likelihood of initiating communication. OKCupid defended its actions, saying the data collected will help them improve on the site, but many remain outraged. More...
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