Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 9, 2012)
Word of the Day

impendent

Definition:(adjective) Close in time; about to occur.
Synonyms:imminent, at hand
Usage: After a long and grueling career at the factory, Larry was eagerly anticipating his impendent retirement.
Article of the Day

The Gin Craze

In 18th-century London, an unprecedented rise in the popularity of gin led to a decades-long epidemic of extreme public drunkenness known as the Gin Craze. Moral outrage and legislative action ensued. Between 1729 and 1751, a series of laws were passed to control gin consumption. Often, such laws resulted in mass law-breaking. Lower wages, rising food prices, and the unprofitability of gin production eventually conspired to end the craze. How had gin become so popular in the first place? More...
This Day in History

Eradication of Smallpox Is Certified (1979)

One of the deadliest diseases in history by sheer loss of life, smallpox was the target of a concerted, worldwide eradication campaign in the 20th century, and it became the first disease to have been successfully wiped out. Efforts focused on vaccination and quickly responding to and curtailing outbreaks. The last person to die from smallpox caught it at a laboratory, where samples of the now-vanquished disease remain. Who is the last person known to have contracted it in the wild? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717)

The son of a German cobbler, Winckelmann overcame years of hardship to pursue his love of ancient Greek art, becoming a renowned scholar and one of the founders of scientific archaeology and art history. He spent much of his later life studying in the vast Vatican Library, and his writings reawakened the popular taste for Classical art and helped spur the Neoclassical movement. In 1768, a fellow traveler—who did not know who Winckelmann was—murdered him at a hotel, ostensibly for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

lay down and die

To quit; to give up hope or ambition. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua National Heroes Day (2017)

Antigua and Barbuda has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More...
In the News

Is Infidelity Written All Over Your Face?

Apparently, if you are a man, it might be. Women have a certain gut instinct when it comes to telling whether a man is likely to be a cheater, and a simple portrait photograph is all they need in some cases. By just looking at a photo of a man's face, women in a recent study were able to ascertain with some degree of accuracy whether or not he had cheated on a partner at some point in his life. Masculinity may have something to do with the women's assessment process, as they tended to judge the more masculine-looking men as unfaithful. More...
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