Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

pharos

Definition:(noun) A tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships.
Synonyms:lighthouse, beacon
Usage: The pharos was no longer operational and served as a tourist attraction in the sleepy beach town.
Article of the Day

The Eurovision Song Contest

More than 50 years after the annual Eurovision Song Contest was first broadcast, it remains one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world. Participating nations submit songs, and the live performance is broadcast simultaneously to all countries in the Eurovision Network. The participant states then vote for the winner, but are not allowed to vote for their own country's entry. What country abolished its normal tourist visa requirements to coincide with its hosting of the contest? More...
This Day in History

UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world's most translated document. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights, as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights—all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. Since its adoption, it has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Dickinson (1830)

Dickinson is widely considered one of the greatest American poets. After attending Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Seminary, she returned to her family home and spent the rest of her life there, writing. By 1860, she was boldly experimenting with language. Few of her poems were published in her lifetime, but after her death, her cache of poems was discovered, and heavily edited collections were published starting in 1890. It was not until what year that an unaltered collection was published? More...
Quotation of the Day
A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have the wind up

To be very anxious, upset, or frightened. More...
Today's Holiday

Gita Jayanti (2016)

The birthday of the Bhagavad Gita—a Sanskrit poem relating a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna—is celebrated by reading and reciting passages from the Gita and by holding discussions on its philosophical aspects. This is also a day on which Hindus fast and worship Krishna. Some texts assert that on the 11th day of the waxing half of Margasirsa, Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the sacred lore of the Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and thus made available to the entire human race the poem often referred to as the "Song Celestial." More...
In the News

Goodbye to Dental Fillings? "No-Drill" Techniques Can Treat Tooth Decay, Study Says

If you've ever endured a dental filling based on the advice that there's no other way to stop tooth decay before it gets worse, you may be a bit, well, annoyed when you hear about the latest study on this topic. In a seven-year study involving 1,000 ... More...
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