Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

cockeyed

Definition:(adjective) Turned or twisted toward one side.
Synonyms:askew, awry, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
Usage: He noticed that his tie was cockeyed and made sure to straighten it before meeting with the company executives.
Article of the Day

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare infection of the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by what are commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria." One of the fastest-spreading infections known, it develops at trauma sites and destroys both skin and muscle. Since the bacteria react slowly to intravenous antibiotics, treatment is often immediately undertaken along with surgical intervention if the condition is even suspected. Who are a few well-known victims of the infection? More...
This Day in History

Seven Japanese Military Leaders Executed for War Crimes (1948)

In the aftermath World War II, thousands of people in Europe and Asia were tried for war crimes. In Tokyo, US General Douglas MacArthur presided over the years-long trial of 28 high-ranking Japanese military and political leaders, all of whom were found guilty. Seven of them—including Hideki Tojo, the former prime minister of Japan—were sentenced to death. A month later, they were executed by hanging. At the execution, MacArthur defied the wishes of US President Harry S. Truman in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Richard Arkwright (1732)

Arkwright was a British textile industrialist whose inventions marked an integral step in the Industrial Revolution. His first spinning machine was patented in 1769, and with further innovations he was able to mechanize much of the fabric-production process. The huge cotton mills he founded helped bring about the factory system. Though Arkwright's patents were later disputed, his inventions nevertheless made him very wealthy. As a young man, Arkwright developed a dye for use in what product? More...
Quotation of the Day
All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Larentalia (2020)

In ancient Rome, the lares were the beneficent spirits of household and family. Along with the penates (the gods of the storeroom) and the manes (spirits of the dead), they were worshipped privately within the home. Eventually they came to be identified with the spirits of the deceased. During the Larentalia, observed on December 23, offerings were made to the dead, especially at the shrine of Acca Larentia, the nurse of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. A sacrifice was offered on the spot where Acca Larentia was said to have disappeared. More...
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