Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

carrel

Definition:(noun) A partially partitioned nook in or near the stacks in a library, used for private study.
Synonyms:cubicle, stall
Usage: There are too many distractions at home, so when I really need to study, I go to the library, find a secluded carrel, and study there.
Article of the Day

Kojiki

Shinto, Japan's indigenous religion, cannot be traced to its beginnings because until the 5th century—when Chinese writing was introduced into Japan—the myths and rituals were transmitted orally. Although Shinto has no founder and no official scripture, its mythology and ancient beliefs and customs are collected in the Kojiki—"Record of Ancient Matters." Prepared under imperial order in the early 8th century, it is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan. What myths does it include? More...
This Day in History

US Department of Agriculture Is Created (1862)

US President Abraham Lincoln created the Department of Agriculture, which he referred to as the "people's department," at a time when most Americans were farmers. It played a key role in the survival of many during the Depression, and today it continues to ensure that those in need receive food. It also aids farmers, inspects meat and dairy products, oversees food stamp and school lunch programs, and administers national forests. Before Lincoln, the Agricultural Division was part of what office? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Avedon (1923)

A major figure in fashion photography, Avedon studied photography in the US Merchant Marine. He became a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar in the 1940s and was later was associated with Vogue. Known for his stark, black-and-white portraits of people in unusual poses, Avedon redefined fashion photography as an art form. However, many consider his magnum opus to be what 1985 book documenting something very different from fashion? More...
Quotation of the Day
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in virtue of (something)

Due to something; because of something; by reason of something. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Dymphna's Day (2017)

According to legend, St. Dymphna fled with her priest to Geel, Belgium to escape her pagan father's demand for an incestuous marriage. St. Dymphna came to be known as the patron saint of the insane, and for centuries mental patients were brought to the site of her relics in Geel. Today there is a large, well-equipped sanatorium for the mentally ill in Geel. On May 15 special church services are held and a religious procession moves through the streets carrying a stone from St. Dymphna's alleged tomb—a relic that at one time was applied to patients as part of their therapy. More...
In the News

Antiretroviral Drugs Cut HIV Transmission

Beginning an antiretroviral drug regimen immediately after being diagnosed with HIV, rather than waiting until one's white blood cell count falls and one's health is in decline, can cut the risk of spreading the virus to uninfected partners by as much as 96 percent. In a study of 1,763 couples in which one partner was HIV-positive and one was not, there was only one case of HIV transmission between partners among those who immediately began antiretroviral therapy. There were 27 transmissions in the group receiving treatment only when their health declined. More...
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