Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

profligate

Definition:(adjective) Shamelessly immoral or debauched.
Synonyms:degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, riotous, fast
Usage: We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honor; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating.
Article of the Day

Blood Type

Human blood is classified according to the presence or absence of specific markers, called antigens, on the surface of red blood cells. The most commonly encountered blood group system is the ABO system, which classifies blood based on the presence or absence of two antigens, A and B. There are four blood types in this grouping, A, B, AB, and O. Type AB indicates the presence of both antigens and O the absence of both. What do the symbols + and – represent in the classification of blood? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian Revolution of 1952 Begins (1952)

The Egyptian Revolution was a coup d'état led by a group of army officers that overthrew Egypt's King Farouk I. Organized by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the "Free Officers Movement" decried the Egyptian monarchy as corrupt, pro-British, and ineffective and was incensed by Egypt's defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Days after the coup began, Farouk abdicated and General Muhammad Naguib took over as leader of Egypt. The monarchy was later abolished, and a republic was declared. What became of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Jannings (1884)

Jannings was an acclaimed silent film actor who, in 1929, won an Academy Award for best actor—becoming the first person presented with an Oscar. He earned the award for his performances in two films, one of which, The Way of All Flesh, is now considered a "lost film" since no copies of it are known to exist. The advent of sound in film effectively ended his Hollywood career, as he had a thick German accent. What scandalous association doomed any chance he later had of making a comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the labourer.

Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)

Idiom of the Day

jolly (someone) up

To make (someone) happier or more cheerful; to cheer (someone) up. More...
Today's Holiday

Osorezan Taisai (2017)

Mt. Osore, located on the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Honshu, Japan, is a spiritual center for many Japanese. It is known as a place where departed souls congregate. During the Osorezan Taisai Festival, or Osorezanrei Grand Festival, people flock to the mountain at Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture, where psychics endeavor to summon the spirits of the dead by chanting. The priests who cross the weathered slopes of the mountain in procession add to the festival's grim and ghostly atmosphere. More...
In the News

Smoker's Widow Awarded $23.6 Billion

A widow who lost her husband to lung cancer stemming from decades of chain-smoking has received a $23.6 billion punitive judgment against cigarette manufacturer RJ Reynolds. Her legal team had argued that the company had been negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of tobacco, making it responsible for her husband's cancer and resulting death. In addition to the multi-billion-dollar punitive judgment, she was awarded $16.8 million in compensatory damages. RJ Reynolds called the decision "grossly excessive" and plans to appeal. More...
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