Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

deadening

Definition:(adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
Synonyms:boring, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dull, slow
Usage: He envied Joe, down in the village,… fantastically and gloriously drunk and forgetful of Monday morning and the week of deadening toil to come.
Article of the Day

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome is a collection of allergy-like symptoms that strikes people while they are working in a particular building but tends to subside when they leave. The cause can be tough to identify. It is most often associated with poor indoor air quality, which can have many sources, such as mold, chemicals seeping out of carpets, inadequate ventilation, and ozone produced by printers and other machines. How might modern construction techniques inadvertently contribute to this syndrome? More...
This Day in History

United Negro College Fund Established (1944)

Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Karel Appel (1921)

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. What was done to censor Appel's controversial fresco in Amsterdam City Hall? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never deal in transformations, for they are not honest, and no respectable sorceress likes to make things appear to be what they are not.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

in one blow

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. More...
Today's Holiday

Feria de San Marcos (Fair of St. Mark) (2017)

The Fair of St. Mark, which is held annually for nearly a month in Aguascalientes, dates back to the early 17th century and remains one of Mexico's most famous fiestas. It is primarily a showcase for the country's more than 200 forms of ritual and folk dance, each of which has its own meaning, mythology, history, and pageantry. There are also commercial and art exhibits, cockfights, bullfights, sports competitions, parades, and a battle of flowers. More...
In the News

Mystery Skin Ailment in Vietnam Prompts Appeal for Help

Vietnam's health authorities have requested foreign assistance to help them figure out what is behind the deaths of 19 people suffering from an unidentified skin infection. In total, 171 people in the country's central province of Quang Ngai are thought to be infected with the mysterious ailment, which begins as a rash on the hands and feet and can progress to liver problems and multiple organ failure. The illness was first reported in 2011 and reemerged last month. More...
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