Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

ascetic

Definition:(noun) A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
Synonyms:abstainer
Usage: His rough clothes and starved frame gave him the look of an ascetic, and he refused the food they tried to give him.
Article of the Day

The San

The San are an indigenous people of Africa, mainly found in Botswana, Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. Once nomadic hunters and gatherers of wild food in desolate areas like the Kalahari Desert of southwest Africa, most of the San now live in settlements and work on cattle ranches or farms. The San have a rich folklore, are skilled in drawing, and have a remarkably complex language characterized by the use of clicks. What plant used by the San has been patented, and why? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Newsweek Magazine Is Published (1933)

Originally News-Week, the magazine debuted 10 years after Time, for which Newsweek founder Thomas J.C. Martyn had been an editor. It evolved into a full spectrum of news material, from breaking news and analysis to reviews and commentary. In 1961, it was purchased by Philip Graham, publisher of The Washington Post. In 2010, it was sold for $1 to American businessman Sidney Harman. Today, Newsweek is the second largest newsweekly in the US. What is the largest? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)

Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend. What notable misfortune, which was absent from Rendell's article, befell the speaker of the event? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fate alone saw the meaning of the web it wove, the might of it, and its place in the making of a world's history.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

the half of it

A portion of something, typically implied to be the most important of signficant part. (Often used in the negative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Bonden Festival (2017)

At the Bonden (or Bonten) Festival at Yokote in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, each district of the city has a team of young men to carry its bonden in a race to the Asahiokayama-jinja shrine. The bonden is a ten-foot bamboo pole, draped with heavy cloth and topped by a platform holding a figure of the Animal of the Year. Those carrying the bonden gradually increase their pace until they are running, often pushing members of competing teams to the ground to be the first to the top. The team that arrives first wins the privilege of offering its bonden to the kami, or god. More...
In the News

Photo-Sharing App a Popular Tool for Doctors

While seemingly everyone is on Instagram, doctors have their own photo-sharing app for medical anomalies: Figure 1. It was created by physician Josh Landy to be a "global knowledge notebook," a way to get second, third, and fourth opinions on a case—virtually—and to be a learning tool in the medical profession. Such sharing has raised concerns about doctor-patient confidentiality, but all personal information is removed when images are uploaded, and patients must give permission for their pictures to be shared. As of summer 2014, Figure 1 had 150,000 users. More...
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