Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

adulterate

Definition:(verb) Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones.
Synonyms:dilute, debase, load, stretch
Usage: Our supply of coffee was running out, so I suggested we adulterate it with ground acorns to make it last longer.
Article of the Day

Tragedy of the Commons

A tragedy of the commons is a dilemma that results when multiple individuals, acting independently or focusing on their own self-interest, deplete a shared, limited resource, even though doing so is clearly not in the best interest of any of them. The phrase comes from the title of American ecologist Garrett Hardin's 1968 essay that introduced the concept. Hardin's primary example was animal herding on shared lands. On what grounds has Hardin's hypothetical model been criticized? More...
This Day in History

Alcock and Brown Embark on First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight (1919)

In 1918, the Daily Mail newspaper renewed its £10,000 prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The next year, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown claimed it after completing a treacherous 16-hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Along the way, Brown had to repeatedly climb onto the wings of their biplane to remove ice, and snow filled the open cockpit. Upon reaching Ireland, they attempted to land in what they thought was a field, but it turned out to be what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Bourke-White (1904)

One of the original staff photographers at Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II. The first woman photographer to serve with US armed forces, she photographed the liberation of Buchenwald and was the only foreign correspondent in Moscow during the German invasion. Her pictures of the rural American South and her portraits of world leaders are also celebrated. What actress portrayed her in the movie Gandhi? More...
Quotation of the Day
While solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

all of a dither

In an nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka (2017)

There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting. More...
In the News

Distressing Report on Domestic Child Labor

Released on Wednesday to coincide with this year's World Day Against Child Labor, a report on child labor from the UN's International Labour Organization estimates that some 10.5 million children around the globe currently work as domestic laborers. More than half are believed to be between the ages of five and 14, and nearly three quarters are female. They are largely denied access to education and are often subject to abuse, but their plight, for the most part, remains hidden behind the closed doors of the private homes in which they work. More...
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