Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

dissonance

Definition:(noun) The auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience.
Synonyms:noise, racket
Usage: Maddening church bells of all degrees of dissonance, sharp and flat, cracked and clear, fast and slow, made the brick-and-mortar echoes hideous.
Article of the Day

Tics

Also called "habit spasms," tics are involuntary, compulsive, rapid, repetitive movements like blinking and shoulder shrugging or vocalizations that include grunts, barks, and other utterances. Their expression may be somewhat controlled, but much like an itch that must be scratched, sufferers ultimately feel impelled to go through with them. Stress has been known to exacerbate tics. What symptom of Tourette syndrome, one type of tic disorder, has been highly publicized but is relatively rare? More...
This Day in History

The Apalachin Meeting (1957)

The Apalachin Meeting was a summit of some 100 Mafiosi from the US, Canada, and Italy that was raided after their fancy cars and out-of-state license plates aroused the suspicions of law enforcement agents in Apalachin, New York. Fifty-eight Mafiosi, including bosses Carlo Gambino and Vito Genovese, were detained. Perhaps the most significant consequence of the raid was that it confirmed the American Mafia's existence, a fact that had long been denied by what prominent law enforcement official? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Fulton (1765)

A man remarkable for his many talents and inventions, Fulton is popularly considered the inventor of the steamboat. Originally a gunsmith and portraitist, he became fascinated by canal engineering while living in Europe. After sinking one prototype steamboat in the Seine River and failing to secure European support, he returned to his native US. There, he launched the first commercially viable steamboat in the Hudson River in 1807. What invention did Napoleon commission from Fulton? More...
Quotation of the Day
Strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Today's Holiday

Kali Puja (2020)

In the region of Bengal, many Hindus regularly honor Kali, an earth goddess of fearsome appearance and a symbol of fertility. During the year, believers conduct daily pujas (devotional prayers) to Kali, but one particular new-moon day of the year is set aside for a special Kali Puja. Unlike with other festivals, believers will worship Kali at night. Typically, people gather around elaborate pandals (shrines) to the goddess around 9 p.m. Priests will then lead a ceremony, which may involve prayers and sacrifices of animals such as goats, sheep, or buffaloes. Worship may continue until as late as 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. More...
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