Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

well-being

Definition:(noun) The state of being healthy, happy, or prosperous.
Synonyms:eudaimonia, welfare
Usage: Holistic medicine emphasizes the emotional as well as the physical well-being of the patient.
Article of the Day

The Isle of Wight Festival, 1970

Just 147 sq mi (381 sq km), the Isle of Wight is an English island with a population of about 140,000. In August 1970, it is estimated that more than 600,000 people flocked to the small isle to attend the third Isle of Wight Festival, a five-day concert featuring dozens of performers including The Who, The Doors, and Miles Davis. It was also the last major performance of Jimi Hendrix, who died three weeks later. Which musicians' sets were interrupted when concertgoers jumped on stage? More...
This Day in History

First Computer Mouse Patented (1970)

While working at the Stanford Research Institute in the early 1960s, human-computer interaction pioneer Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse, so called because of its resemblance to the small rodent. His mouse was constructed out of a wooden box and two wheels set perpendicular to one another. The rotation of each wheel was translated into motion along one axis, and this information was relayed to the computer to indicate the mouse's position. What is the proper plural of "mouse"? More...
Today's Birthday

Martin Scorsese (1942)

Scorsese is an American film director whose movies often deal with violent and obsessive aspects of modern America and the themes of sin and redemption. He won critical attention for his film Mean Streets in 1973 and went on to make a number of acclaimed films, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed, for which he finally received the Academy Award for best director. What vocation did Scorsese pursue before attending film school? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Today's Holiday

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (2015)

In 1939, Nazi troops invaded Czechoslovakia and took over the country. On November 17, student protests were held. Nazi troops subsequently executed nine students and sent many to a concentration camp. On November 17, 1989, Czech students gathered to demonstrate against the communist regime. This marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day is a national holiday in the Czech Republic. People gather and light candles near a "V for Victory" memorial plaque on National Avenue in Prague, and the national flag is flown in all public places. More...
In the News

British Medical Association Says Ban Smoking in Cars

The British Medical Association is urging UK governments to extend the current ban on smoking in public places to vehicles, citing research indicating that smoking in vehicles exposes drivers and passengers to up to 23 times more toxins than they would encounter in a smoky bar. Another recent study suggested that the air quality inside a smoker's car, even when the windows are open, is comparable to the industrial smog found in cities like Beijing. Opponents of such a ban say the evidence that smoking in cars is harmful to other passengers is weak and that enforcing the ban would be impractical. More...
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