Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

step-down

Definition:(noun) A reduction in amount or size.
Synonyms:diminution, decrease
Usage: Having just declared bankruptcy, Lester admitted that his grand plans for renovating his kitchen needed a drastic step-down.
Article of the Day

Kumbh Mela

Every 12 years, Hindu pilgrims gather at four sacred sites where, according to Hindu mythology, four drops of the nectar of immortality were accidentally spilled from a pot that the gods and demons were fighting over. During the festival, pilgrims ritually bathe in the river Ganges to wash away sins of their past lives and pray to escape the cycle of reincarnation. The Kumbh Mela is thought to be the largest periodic human gathering in the world. How many people attended the festival in 2001? More...
This Day in History

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease's stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More...
Today's Birthday

Sonja Henie (1912)

Henie began ice skating at the age of eight and won the first of six straight Norwegian figure-skating championships within two years. Starting in 1927, she won the world's figure-skating crown 10 straight years, the European title six times, and the Olympic gold medal three times. She introduced music and dance into free skating, greatly broadening its appeal, and turned professional in 1936, earning millions starring in films and ice shows. Why did many Norwegians consider her a quisling? More...
Quotation of the Day
The philosopher is like a mountaineer who has with difficulty climbed a mountain for the sake of the sunrise, and arriving at the top finds only fog; whereupon he wanders down again.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2017)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

Food Prices Up Again

Global food prices rose for the third month in a row in March, and the trend is expected to continue, at least for the next couple of months. Although prices remain below the February 2011 record high, there are still concerns that rising food costs could lead to hunger and social unrest in poorer countries. In 2007 and 2008, record food prices led to riots and political instability around the globe, and last year's high prices contributed to the widespread Arab Spring uprisings. More...
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