Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 2, 2013)
Word of the Day

clerisy

Definition:(noun) Educated people considered as a group; the literati.
Synonyms:intelligentsia
Usage: I have heard it said that intellectual curiosity is the mark of a member of the clerisy.
Article of the Day

Polyphasic Sleep

Modern convention dictates that a single, consolidated period of sleep in each 24-hour period is ideal for human adults, but, in fact, early humans were likely polyphasic sleepers, meaning they experienced several sleep-wake cycles daily. Nowadays, the latter sleep pattern is generally reserved for extreme situations. Still, there are those who advocate its regular use as a means of increasing productivity. Which American futurist reportedly spent two years taking just four 30-minute naps a day? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Alcatraz Begins (1946)

The Battle of Alcatraz followed an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island's federal penitentiary by six inmates who got stuck inside a cellhouse after failing to secure a key to the prison yard. Trapped, the inmates took the guards prisoner and took control of the cellhouse. The US Marines were called in, and two guards and three inmates died in the ensuing confrontation. Two inmates were later executed for their role in the incident. How long was it before the next attempted escape from Alcatraz? More...
Today's Birthday

Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China's Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China's scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing? More...
Quotation of the Day
I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

in (someone's) view

In someone's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Flores de Mayo (2017)

Flores de Mayo ("May flowers") festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls. More...
In the News

Study Links Colic with Later Migraines

Some people may be genetically predisposed to migraines, and colic may be an indicator of this. Research shows that many children with migraines were colicky babies and that mothers who suffer from migraines themselves are more likely to have babies with colic. Further investigation is needed before it can be conclusively said that these two conditions are linked, but if this is proved to be the case, it could mean that their underlying causes and triggers are related and that strategies for preventing or treating migraines could be helpful in treating colic. More...
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