Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

dulcet

Definition:(adjective) Pleasing to the ear.
Synonyms:mellifluous, honeyed, sweet
Usage: I turned on the record, closed my eyes, and allowed the dulcet tones of the cello to melt away the stress of my day.
Article of the Day

Hypomania

Hypomania is a mild form of mania that lacks the hallucinations of full-blown mania. It is most commonly associated with bipolar II disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive disorder. Someone experiencing hypomania often acts like the life of the party, exhibiting seemingly boundless energy, hyperactivity, talkativeness, heightened sexual interest, a decreased need for sleep, and recklessness, among other symptoms. What famous explorer may have been so afflicted? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher and Garret FitzGerald Sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)

Though it did not bring an immediate end to the Troubles, the Anglo-Irish Agreement addressed some specific points of contention. It granted the Republic of Ireland a role in the government of Northern Ireland for the first time, while confirming that Northern Ireland would remain a part of the UK until a majority of its citizens decided otherwise. The agreement met with fierce opposition in Northern Ireland. One politician compared Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, to what biblical villain? More...
Today's Birthday

Jérôme Bonaparte (1784)

Jérôme Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon. The two men became estranged after Jérôme married an American in 1803 without Napoleon's consent. Napoleon personally had the marriage annulled and arranged Jérôme's wedding to Princess Catherine of Württemberg instead. Jérôme was made king of Westphalia, but his kingdom collapsed and became part of Prussia in 1815, after which he returned to France. Which one of his grandsons founded the precursor of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part ... If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

set in cement

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

King's Day (Belgium) (2017)

King Leopold I (1790-1865) of Belgium was named after St. Leopold, whose feast is celebrated on this day. He was the first leader of Belgium after it achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1831, and reigned until his death. The day is a major observance particularly among Belgium's German-speaking community. More...
In the News

Sleep Your Way Skinny

A small-scale study of school-aged children suggests that sleep helps them keep their appetites under control and maintain a normal weight. Researchers found that when children got more sleep than usual—closer to the amount recommended by the National Sleep Foundation—they weighed less and consumed fewer calories. While further investigation is needed to confirm the link between sleep and weight, the data highlight the importance of prioritizing sleep for children. More...
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