Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

comestible

Definition:(noun) Any substance that can be used as food.
Synonyms:eatable, edible, pabulum, victual
Usage: The kitchen table was laden with meats, cheeses, and countless other delectable comestibles.
Article of the Day

World of Warcraft

At its peak in 2010, World of Warcraft boasted 12 million players, making it by far the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Set in the fictional world of Azeroth—a universe so detailed and sprawling that one can get lost—the game allows players to interact within the framework of an intricate social class system. What devastating in-game incident so closely resembled a real disease outbreak that it attracted the attention of research scientists? More...
This Day in History

HMS Dreadnought Is Launched (1906)

The HMS Dreadnought of the Royal Navy was a battleship that revolutionized naval power when it entered service in 1906. Dreadnought represented such a marked advance in naval technology that its name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the "dreadnoughts," as well as the class of ships named for it, while the generation of ships it made obsolete became known as "pre-dreadnoughts." What features made the Dreadnought so advanced? More...
Today's Birthday

Boris Pasternak (1890)

Pasternak was a Russian author whose novel Doctor Zhivago, an epic of wandering, spiritual isolation and love amid the harshness of the revolution and its aftermath, became a bestseller in the West but was circulated only in secrecy in the Soviet Union until 1987. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, but he was forced to decline it because of Soviet opposition to his work. Why was Pasternak's name said to have been crossed off an execution list by Joseph Stalin? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

a bit dicey

Carrying a certain degree of risk or danger; uncertain of a favorable outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Ash Wednesday (2016)

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the West. Pope Gregory I is credited with having introduced the ceremony that gives this day its name. When public penitents came to the church for forgiveness, the priest would take some ash (made by burning the palms used on Palm Sunday of the previous year) and mark their foreheads with the sign of the cross as a reminder that they were but ashes and dust. Eventually, the practice was extended to include all who wished to receive ashes. In the East, ashes are not used, and Lent begins on the Monday before Ash Wednesday. More...
In the News

Regulating Alcohol Prices Could Save Lives

Even heavy drinkers cut back when alcohol prices go up, and this translates to fewer alcohol-related deaths. In British Columbia, where the government tightly regulates alcohol sales, researchers found that each increase in the minimum price of alcohol was followed by a substantial drop in deaths wholly attributable to alcohol abuse. Conversely, when access to alcohol was increased or minimum alcohol prices were reduced, alcohol-related deaths rose. More...
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