Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

siriasis

Definition:(noun) Sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat.
Synonyms:insolation, sunstroke, thermic fever
Usage: We were stranded in the desert, and it was not long before members of our party began exhibiting signs of siriasis.
Article of the Day

Ballroom Dance

Ballroom dance is a partner dance which originated in the western world and is now enjoyed socially and competitively around the globe. Ballroom dancing used to be associated with the privileged classes, but, today, is much more inclusive. What famous dances are associated with Ballroom? More...
This Day in History

First "Fireside Chat" by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933)

The "fireside chats" were a series of informal radio speeches delivered by president Roosevelt beginning in 1933, when the US was in the midst of the Great Depression and a third of Americans were unemployed. With his calm manner and simple way of explaining issues, Roosevelt discussed such issues as the banking crisis, the New Deal program, and the drought. During WWII, he reported on the progress of the war and discussed national defense. How many fireside chats did he deliver in all? More...
Today's Birthday

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890)

Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and ballet's first modernist choreographer. One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, he performed spectacular leaps with unrivaled grace. During his career, his innovations were considered both scandalous and revolutionary. He had a romantic relationship with his mentor, Sergey Diaghilev, who dismissed him from the Ballets Russes when he married a Hungarian countess. A few years later, acute schizophrenia ended his career. Did he and Diaghilev ever reconcile? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauritius Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the day in 1968 when Mauritius gained independence from Britain, after being under its rule since the early 19th century. More...
In the News

Blood Test Predicts Alzheimer's

If you could find out today whether or not Alzheimer's disease is in your future, would you want to? Scientists in the US have developed a blood test that they say can predict with 90 percent accuracy an individual's risk of developing Alzheimer's within the next few years. The test looks at the levels of 10 lipids in the blood that appear to be predictive of future cognitive decline. It is unclear why these lipid levels act as an indicator, but one theory is that early changes in the brain affect these circulating fats. Experts are now in the process of confirming and refining these findings. More...
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