Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

going-over

Definition:(noun) A severe scolding.
Synonyms:castigation, bawling out, chewing out, dressing down, upbraiding, earful
Usage: When he was caught chewing gum in class, he knew he would have to endure a going-over from the teacher.
Article of the Day

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Micropsia, also named Alice in Wonderland Syndrome after Lewis Carroll's fictional children's book, is a disorienting visual disorder in which humans, animals, and inanimate objects are perceived as significantly smaller than they actually are. The condition affects the brain's interpretation of signals sent from the eyes and not the mechanical functioning of the eyes themselves. What painful neurological condition may, in part, be the cause of micropsia? More...
This Day in History

Titanic Released in US Theaters (1997)

Before Titanic was released, some film critics predicted that it would be a box office disaster. At the time, it was the costliest film ever made, and production delays had pushed the release date far past the lucrative summer season. Yet by the end of its first weekend, the three-hour-long film was selling out theaters. It won 11 Academy Awards and remained the highest-grossing film in history for 12 years. What important historical fact did the director choose to omit from the film? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Livermore (1820)

After graduating from a female seminary in 1831 and working as a teacher, Livermore married a Universalist minister and became an activist, lecturer, and popular author. She volunteered with the US Sanitary Commission to aid soldiers of the Union Army during the American Civil War and later promoted women's rights. In 1863, she organized a "Sanitary Fair" that raised a tremendous amount of money for the Commission. What did US President Abraham Lincoln donate for the auction event? More...
Quotation of the Day
Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

let's not and say (that) we did

A sarcastic expression indicating that one would really rather not do what has been proposed. More...
Today's Holiday

Misa de Gallo (2017)

Misa de Gallo is the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines, blending Christian tradition with the harvest thanksgiving of the ancient Filipinos. As the first cockcrows are heard at dawn on Dec. 16, bells of the Roman Catholic churches ring, brass bands parade through towns, and skyrockets burst—all to awaken people for the Misa de Gallo (Cock's Mass in English and Simbang Gabi in Tagalog) each morning of the festival. On Dec. 24 there is a midnight mass, after which people congregate in food stalls or go home for traditional breakfasts of rice cakes and ginger tea. More...
In the News

Cancer May Be More Within Our Control Than We Thought

We all know that cancer's development has to do with some combination of luck–the genes we inherit–and lifestyle–the choices we make each day about diet and exercise, smoking and drinking. But a study earlier in the year in Science had suggested, ... More...
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