Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

denude

Definition:(verb) To divest of covering; make bare.
Synonyms:strip
Usage: Rake in hand, Flora set out to denude her lawn of fallen leaves.
Article of the Day

Scabies, the "Seven-Year Itch"

Scabies is a highly contagious—yet highly treatable—parasitic skin disease caused by tiny mites. Often contracted through contact with mite-infested persons, it is most prevalent in crowded, unhygienic areas and has plagued mankind for centuries. Female mites tunnel into the host's skin to deposit their eggs, triggering a massive allergic reaction that causes intense itching. Scratching the skin causes lesions that may then become infected. Most scabies infestations are caused by how many mites? More...
This Day in History

Muhammad Ali Becomes Wali of Egypt (1805)

Four years after Ali, an Ottoman army commander, helped drive Napoleon from Ottoman-ruled Egypt, he was named wali—governor—of Egypt. He helped modernize Egypt and attempted to secure its independence. Though unsuccessful, his efforts established his progeny as the rulers of Egypt and Sudan for nearly 150 years and rendered Egypt a de facto independent state. He is thus considered one of the fathers of modern Egypt. How did Ali trick Egypt's Mamluk leaders into walking into a massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Dennis Lee Hopper (1936)

Hopper was an American film actor. He appeared in two films with James Dean in the 1950s but achieved fame of his own after directing and starring in 1969's Easy Rider. His career foundered in the 70s, but important roles in Apocalypse Now (1979) and Blue Velvet (1986) helped him revitalize his career in the 80s and 90s. In addition to acting, he was a noted artist. In 1983, he checked into rehab shortly after performing what daredevil stunt involving dynamite? More...
Quotation of the Day
Habit, n.: A shackle for the free.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

in (one's) dotage

In a state of senility or mental decline due to old age. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2017)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. On the next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

War Crimes Trial of Ratko Mladic Underway

The trial of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, dubbed the "Butcher of Bosnia," began yesterday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was charged with 11 counts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his actions during the three-year conflict, particularly his orchestration of the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica and the 44-month siege of Sarajevo, during which an estimated 10,000 civilians died. After the war, Mladic went into hiding and spent 15 years on the run before being captured in 2011. He faces life in prison if convicted. More...
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