Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

modicum

Definition:(noun) A small, moderate, or token amount.
Synonyms:little, bit, drop, touch, inch, scrap, dash, grain, particle, fragment, atom, pinch, ounce, shred, crumb, tinge, mite, tad, speck, iota
Usage: Her modicum of strength had been exhausted, and she was unable even to move from her position.
Article of the Day

Selective Mutism

Most common in children, selective mutism is a psychological disorder in which a person who is fully capable of speech is silent in certain situations. A child who is talkative at home may not speak at school or around strangers. The refusal to speak is typically associated with social anxiety. One course of treatment is stimulus fading, during which another person is introduced while the child talks to someone with whom he or she is comfortable. What was selective mutism formerly called? More...
This Day in History

Nuremberg Laws Deprive German Jews of Citizenship and Civil Rights (1935)

Enacted in the early years of Adolf Hitler's rule, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of German citizenship, prohibited them from marrying non-Jews, and forbade them to hire non-Jewish domestic servants. Supplementary decrees laid down the criteria for determining exactly who was legally Jewish. Punishments for violating the laws included fines, hard labor, and even death. Three years after the laws were announced, another law required Jews to adopt what middle names? More...
Today's Birthday

William Howard Taft (1857)

An extremely large, easygoing man, Taft was said to have not really wanted to be US president. In 1908, he was elected anyway, having already served as solicitor general, appellate judge, secretary of war, and governor of the Philippines. His split with former president Theodore Roosevelt, who consequently ran for office again, cost them both the 1912 election. Taft later served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was the last president to have what physical characteristic? More...
Quotation of the Day
All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Independence Day (2017)

This is the day on which Guatemala won its independence from Spain in 1821. It is a public holiday during which the buildings in Guatemala City are draped in blue-and-white bunting, and there are parades with schoolchildren marching to the music of military bands. A popular holiday pastime is watching La Conquista (The Conquest), a traditional dance where the dancers, in wooden masks and red wigs, reenact the conquest of the Mayan Indians by the Spanish soldier Pedro de Alvarado. More...
In the News

Growing to New Heights

Over the course of the hundred or so years from the 1870s until 1980, European men got an average of 4.3 inches (11 centimeters) taller, reaching an average height of 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm). Contrary to what many expected, during years of great hardship—those spanning both world wars as well as the Great Depression—height gains actually accelerated. Researchers speculate that people's decisions to have fewer children during these periods may have something to do with this, as smaller family size has previously been linked to increasing height. More...
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