Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

misgiving

Definition:(noun) (Often plural) A feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt.
Synonyms:unease, worry, anxiety, suspicion, reservation, hesitation, distrust, qualm, trepidation, scruple, dubiety
Usage: Within all was dark; but she entered as freely and with as little misgiving or restraint as if it had been broad daylight.
Article of the Day

The Pacinian Corpuscle

Pacinian corpuscles are mechanoreceptors found in the skin of the fingers and other parts of the body. About .04 inches (1 mm) long and formed of concentric layers of connective tissue, the small oval bodies are responsible for sensitivity to pressure. In the center of each is a single nerve ending. These corpuscles are especially sensitive to vibrations, which they can sense even from short distances. What helpful mechanism keeps us from constantly sensing the pressure exerted by our clothing? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday (1869)

In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk. How did they gain access to Grant? More...
Today's Birthday

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)

An American novelist and short-story writer, Fitzgerald was the literary spokesman of the "jazz age" of the 1920s. The characters in his books—which include This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby—lead madcap, gin-drenched, spiritually bankrupt lives that closely resemble his own. In his later years, Fitzgerald was plagued by financial worries and his wife's insanity. Why might he have lied about having tuberculosis? More...
Quotation of the Day
Enough is equal to a feast.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Festa de la Mercè (2020)

Nearly 400 events celebrate the patron saint of Barcelona, La Madonna de la Mercè, each year for a few days including September 24. In years past, the Madonna's feast was observed with religious processions, but these days the processions are augmented by the city's liveliest party of the year with fireworks, street art, live music and dancing, acrobats forming human towers, and sporting events. More...
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