Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

antechamber

Definition:(noun) A smaller room serving as an entryway into a larger room.
Synonyms:foyer, lobby, vestibule, hall, anteroom, entrance hall
Usage: He led the way across the hall, through the common drawing-room and one useless antechamber, into a room magnificent both in size and furniture.
Article of the Day

Sleepwalking

An estimated 18 percent of the world's population is prone to sleepwalking. While most cases simply consist of sitting up in bed, there are a number of documented cases of eating, bathing, and even driving and committing murder while sleeping. The sleep disorder is more common in people with high levels of stress and anxiety and among those with a family history of sleepwalking. What tragic Shakespearean character, wracked with an overwhelming sense of guilt, is driven to sleepwalk? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Rules in Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Miranda v. Arizona was a landmark US Supreme Court decision that led to the institution of the Miranda warning, a set of rights that police officers must read to arrestees. One of the petitioners in the case, Ernesto Miranda, had been convicted of rape in 1963 based on a confession he made while in police custody—without knowing he had a right to see a lawyer. He appealed, and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. What happened when he was retried using evidence other than his confession? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Basil Rathbone (1892)

Rathbone was a British actor who made his film debut in the 1920s. With his distinctive voice and gaunt appearance, he was cast as a villain in several swashbuckling movies. He won praise for his roles in Romeo and Juliet and If I Were King, but he became best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a series of films beginning with 1939's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Why did his English family have to flee South Africa when he was just three years old? More...
Quotation of the Day
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

in a flutter

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (2017)

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, and is the patron saint of Portugal. The festivities held here in his honor begin on the evening of June 12 with an impressive display of marchas, walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processions and traditional folk dancing. Another custom of the day is for a young man to present the girl he hopes to marry with a pot of basil concealing a verse or love letter. More...
In the News

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — and Perilous

A powerful new technique for changing genes in insects, animals and plants holds great promise, according to a report from an influential panel of scientists released Wednesday. But the group also says it's potentially very dangerous. As such, the report ... More...
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