Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

begrime

Definition:(verb) Make soiled, filthy, or dirty.
Synonyms:bemire, colly, dirty, soil
Usage: Mother warned me not to begrime my clothes while playing outside.
Article of the Day

Monomania

In the 19th century, monomania was one of seven recognized categories of mental illness. This type of mental disorder was characterized by excessive preoccupation with one thing, subject, or idea and could be classified as either emotional, meaning it involved an obsession with an emotion, or intellectual, involving a preoccupation with a single idea. Although it is no longer used as a technical term in psychology, a number of disorders once classified as monomania are now known as what? More...
This Day in History

Harry S. Truman Announces His Point Four Program (1949)

As the fourth point of his presidential inauguration address in 1949, Truman announced what became known as his Point Four Program—the US policy of technical assistance and economic aid to less-developed countries. Such assistance, mainly in agriculture, public health, and education, was provided through contracts with US business and educational organizations. During the Cold War, the US government used Point Four to win support from uncommitted nations. Does the program still exist? More...
Today's Birthday

Federico Fellini (1920)

After collaborating on screenplays with Roberto Rossellini in the 1940s, Italian Federico Fellini turned from writing to directing films. His movies earned international acclaim, and a number of them won Academy Awards, including La Strada, 8 ½, and Amarcord. Filmed in color starting in 1965, his movies became a celebration of life, with its beauties and grotesqueries, as well as an exploration of Fellini's dream life. His wife starred in several of his films. Who was she? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

an honest mistake

A mistake made unintentionally or unknowingly and without the intention of causing harm; a mistake that anyone might have made in similar circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Inauguration Day (United States) (2017)

From 1789 until 1933, the day on which the newly elected president of the United States began his term of office was March 4. The day was changed to January 20 when the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1933. At noontime, the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the president, who then delivers an Inaugural Address. This is followed by a colorful Inauguration Parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. More...
In the News

Tinnitus Treatment Retrains Brain

Tinnitus, a ringing, hissing, or booming sensation in one or both ears that occurs without an external stimulus, affects as many as 40 million adults in the US, many of whom have hearing loss. There are drugs that help mask tinnitus, but the condition is incurable. Some experts believe tinnitus results from too many brain cells becoming tuned to a specific tone in the brain, so they have developed a device that is supposed to train the brain to ignore nerve signals that cause the ringing sound. In laboratory tests, the device helped eliminate the condition in rats. Human trials are expected to begin this year. More...
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