Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

ethnic

Definition:(adjective) Denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people.
Synonyms:cultural
Usage: In my family, holidays are celebrated with lavish meals featuring ethnic foods that remind us of our ancestors' Eastern European roots.
Article of the Day

The Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is actually an inland salt lake located between Europe and Asia. It borders Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. With an area of 149,200 sq mi (386,400 sq km), it is the largest inland body of water in the world. It receives many rivers but has no outlet and was an important part of the Mongol-Baltic trade route in the premodern era. Today, it is a major source of beluga caviar and petroleum. What other names has the Caspian Sea been called throughout history? More...
This Day in History

Republic of The Gambia Gains Independence from the UK (1965)

Entirely surrounded by Senegal except for an outlet to the Atlantic, the Republic of The Gambia is a West African nation that consists of a relatively narrow strip of land that spans both banks of the Gambia River and follows the river's path inland for about 300 mi (480 km). In 1588, the territory was sold to English merchants by the Portuguese. In 1843, it became a British colony. In 1965, it gained independence, and in 1982, it joined with Senegal to form a confederation by what name? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Asperger (1906)

Asperger was an Austrian psychiatrist who, in 1944, published the first definition of what is now known as Asperger syndrome. Calling it "autistic psychopathy," he described a disorder characterized by severe impairment of social skills and restricted interests and behaviors, features that he himself appears to have exhibited as a child. Despite his patients' handicaps, Asperger believed that they would someday make valuable contributions to society. Which of his patients won a Nobel Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

freak of nature

Something or someone that is unusual, rare, or abnormal in some way; beyond or outside the natural world. More...
Today's Holiday

Gambia Independence Day (2016)

Gambia gained independence from Britain on February 18, 1965, and became a constitutional monarchy. On that day, people gathered in Bathurst for music, dancing, and the replacement of the Union Jack with the Gambian flag. A public vote in 1970 made the Republic of the Gambia a British Commonwealth state. Independence Day is a national holiday in Gambia. More...
In the News

Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

In a recent study, researchers found that the risk of dementia rises as hearing ability declines. It is unclear why this might be the case, but it is possible that the brains of those who are hearing impaired allocate more resources to audition to compensate for the deficit at the expense of other cognitive functions. It is also possible that hearing loss leads to social isolation, which has been linked to dementia in the past, or that both conditions result from brain abnormalities. Researchers have yet to determine whether hearing aids or other auditory devices can help stave off the onset of dementia. More...
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