Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

cutaneous

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or existing on or affecting the skin.
Synonyms:dermal
Usage: The dermatologist prescribed an antibiotic ointment to treat my cutaneous infection.
Article of the Day

Larping

"Larping" is the act of participating in a live-action-role-playing game (LARP). Fiction and reality are blurred as "larpers" meet and play their games in person—though not as themselves, as fictional characters—in an artificially created or even imagined setting—somewhat like improvisational theater. Settings vary from historical to modern to fantasy. Event arrangers called gamemasters oversee the games, which can last days and include thousands of players. When was the first recorded LARP? More...
This Day in History

The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)

Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Austen (1775)

Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness. What might have caused it? More...
Quotation of the Day
The music of life would be mute if the chords of memory were snapped asunder.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

let go and let God

To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Victory Day (2017)

This public holiday in Bangladesh commemorates the end of the war with Pakistan in 1971 and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh, after months of fighting and years of struggle to gain autonomy. More...
In the News

Facebook Mulling a "Sympathize" Button

Facebook's "Like" button has a lot of uses, but it also has its limitations. For example, when a person posts about the passing of a loved one or an illness, friends may want to show their support but are reluctant to do so with a "Like." Software engineers for the social media giant have therefore come up with a possible alternative: a "Sympathize" button. This button would replace the "Like" button on status updates tagged with a negative emotion. Facebook does not yet have plans to release the feature, but it could do so in the future. More...
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