Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

argot

Definition:(noun) A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group.
Synonyms:jargon, lingo, patois, vernacular, slang, cant
Usage: He was a natural linguist, and he kept notebooks, making a scientific study of the workers' slang or argot, until he could talk quite intelligibly.
Article of the Day

Legend Tripping

If you have ever tested your mettle by visiting a "haunted" cemetery or the site of a local tragedy, you have engaged in what folklorists have, in recent years, termed "legend tripping." Legend trippers—typically teens—visit a tabooed site for the specific purpose of flirting with its purported dangers and testing their courage against its supposed supernatural forces. These excursions are usually undertaken secretly, under cover of darkness. What are some hot spots for legend tripping? More...
This Day in History

Cathedral of Chartres Is Dedicated (1260)

Dedicated in 1260 in the presence of King Louis IX, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Chartres is one of the most influential examples of High Gothic architecture. The main structure was built between 1194 and 1220 and replaced a 12th-century church—of which only the crypt, the base, and the western facade remain. Recognized by its imposing spires, the cathedral is known for its stained-glass windows and Renaissance choir screen. It is also home to the Sancta Camisa, which is what? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632)

Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist and maker of microscopes whose observations helped lay the foundations for the sciences of bacteriology and protozoology. He assembled hundreds of microscopes, nine of which survive today and can magnify objects as much as 275 times. In the course of his examination of innumerable microorganisms and tissue samples, he gave the first complete descriptions of bacteria and protozoa—which he called animalcules. What likely kindled his interest in microscopes? More...
Quotation of the Day
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Disarmament Week (2015)

The United Nations' Disarmament Week, observed between October 24 and October 30, was established in 1978. It begins on October 24, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, now observed as United Nations Day. Observance revolves around raising public awareness of the dangers of the arms race and the need for international disarmament. More...
In the News

Parkinson's Drugs Could Trigger Impulse Control Disorders

Dopamine receptor agonist drugs may keep symptoms of Parkinson's disease in check, but they could also have some serious behavioral consequences. Data suggest that these drugs play a role in the development of impulse control disorders like pathological gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping. Of 1,580 reports of impulse control disorder events as an adverse reaction to a drug, researchers identified 710 as being linked to dopamine agonists. More...
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