Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

feral

Definition:(adjective) Of or suggestive of a wild animal.
Synonyms:savage
Usage: The mugger's feral scowl was terrifying enough to make me empty my pockets without hesitation.
Article of the Day

Joseph Jagger: The Man Who Broke the Bank

Before Mick Jagger strutted with the Stones, fellow Brit Joseph Jagger brought fame to the surname in 1873 when he won two million francs at the Beaux-Arts Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Jagger began his scheme by hiring six clerks to record the outcomes of six of the casino's roulette wheels. They discovered that nine numbers came up more frequently than the others on one of the wheels. How did the casino respond when Jagger put his plan into action and began racking up winnings? More...
This Day in History

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Is Signed (1987)

Signed by US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty represented a historic shift in superpower relations. The first treaty to mandate a reduction in stockpiled weapons rather than just a limit on them, it required the destruction of 1,752 Soviet and 859 US missiles. Though the agreement has been upheld by some Soviet successor states, Russian President Vladimir Putin said what about the treaty in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Rivera (1886)

Rivera was a Mexican mural painter. In Europe, he was influenced by the paintings of El Greco and Goya and closely associated with Cézanne and Picasso. Convinced that his art belonged to the populace and should be displayed in public spaces, he returned to Mexico in 1921 and painted, with the assistance of younger artists, large murals dealing with the life, history, and social problems of Mexico. He later completed several murals in the US. Rivera was twice married to what famous artist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

last burst of fire

A final effort or attempt, especially as before failure or defeat. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Beaches (Día de las Playas) (2017)

In Uruguay, December 8 is known as the Day of the Beaches because it marks the official opening of the beach season on the coast known as the "Uruguayan Riviera." There are ceremonies in which a priest blesses the waters, sailing regattas, horseback riding competitions, and an international shooting contest at Carrasco. Sometimes this day is referred to as Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day. More...
In the News

AIDS Cure Hopes Dashed

Two American men who, it had been hoped, had been cured of HIV with a b one marrow transplant are unfortunately still infected with the virus. Following their respective transplants, which were performed to treat a type of blood cancer known as Hodgkin's lymphoma, HIV dropped to undetectable levels in their blood. After several years, the men discontinued their antiretroviral therapy, and for months they continued to appear HIV-free. However, 12 weeks after the first patient stopped therapy and 32 weeks after the second patient did the same, signs of HIV returned. More...
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