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

Annie Edson Taylor, 63, Goes Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel (1901)

Taylor was a dance instructor who sought fame and fortune by attempting to become the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Days before her attempt, a cat was sent over the falls to test the strength of Taylor's barrel and survived the plunge uninjured. On her 63rd birthday, Taylor was set adrift in her barrel and went over the falls. Shortly thereafter, the barrel was pulled from the water and Taylor emerged—mostly unharmed. What was her lone injury? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788)

Hale was an American writer and editor who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family. She edited Ladies' Magazine, the first successful US women's magazine, and then Godey's Lady's Book, with which it merged. As the first female magazine editor, she shaped many of the attitudes and ideas of women of the period. Hale is also credited with helping to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the US. What popular nursery rhyme did she write? 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)

Idiom of the Day

have rocks in (one's) head

To be thoroughly stupid, crazy, absurd, incorrect, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

World Development Information Day (2016)

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the UN to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. 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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