Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

syncope

Definition:(noun) A brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary deficiency of oxygen in the brain; a swoon.
Synonyms:deliquium, faint, swoon
Usage: She was an enormous flirt, laughing at all the men's jokes and even feigning syncope to garner their concern.
Article of the Day

Honor Among Thieves: The Pirate Code

In the second half of the 17th century, buccaneers began operating under a set of rules that eventually became known as Articles of Agreement, or the Pirate's Code. While the rules generally varied from one captain to another, most contained provisions for discipline, specifications for each crewmate's share of treasure, and rules regarding compensation for injury. According to records of the code, what was the punishment for striking another man while in the service of Captain John Phillips? More...
This Day in History

Liberian President William R. Tolbert Is Killed in Military Coup (1980)

Liberia was founded in the 1820s by former slaves from the US, and tensions between the Americo-Liberian minority and the indigenous majority have persisted since that time. On April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers led by Samuel Kanyon Doe stormed the executive mansion, killing Americo-Liberian President William R. Tolbert and 27 other government leaders. Doe, a member of the ethnic Krahn tribe, then declared himself president. How had a rice scandal seriously undermined Tolbert? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (1940)

Hancock is a jazz and funk pianist, composer, and bandleader who emerged as part of Miles Davis's group in the mid-1960s. An early adopter of electronic instruments, he became involved with funk and disco in the 70s, while continuing to tour with jazz groups, such as that of Wynton Marsalis. He won an Academy Award for his original score of the 1986 film 'Round Midnight and has won 14 Grammys, including "Album of the Year" for a work that paid tribute to what fellow musician? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

when pigs can fly

At a time that will never come to pass. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) More...
Today's Holiday

Cosmonauts Day (2017)

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel in outer space. April 12th was declared Cosmonauts Day in Gagarin's honor. Official ceremonies on this day begin in the Moscow suburb of Korolyov, well known as the center of Russian rocket production, where officials and former cosmonauts lay flowers at a statue of Gagarin. The general public celebrates the day in a less formal manner: some place flowers at statues of Gagarin in various cities, while others attend space-themed art and film exhibitions. More...
In the News

Should Food Labels Include Exercise "Equivalents"? - CNN

Imagine you're choosing between two different boxes of cookies at the grocery store. One has a label informing you that you could burn off the calories in a serving by jogging for 10 minutes, while the label on the other box says you would have ... More...
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