Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 2, 2011)
Word of the Day

jodhpurs

Definition:(noun) Wide-hipped riding pants of heavy cloth, fitting tightly from knee to ankle.
Synonyms:riding breeches
Usage: When she opened the box and saw the neatly folded jodhpurs inside, she knew that her parents were finally going to allow her to take riding lessons.
Article of the Day

The Alevi

Numbering in the tens of millions, Alevis are members of a religious, sub-ethnic, and cultural community found primarily in Turkey. Alevism is classified as a branch of Shi'a Islam, but there are significant differences between Alevi beliefs, traditions, and rituals and those of other orthodox sects. For example, Alevi worship takes place in assembly houses—cemevi—rather than mosques, and it features music and dance in which both women and men participate. What are some other differences? More...
This Day in History

Alexander Selkirk Rescued after Four Years Stranded on a Desert Island (1709)

Selkirk was an unruly Scottish sailor who quarreled with his captain and asked to be put ashore on an island in the Pacific. Tired of Selkirk's troublemaking, the captain granted him his wish. Selkirk promptly regretted his decision and chased after the boat, but to no avail. He survived on the desert island by eating shellfish and goats and domesticated feral cats to keep himself safe from rats. When he was rescued four years later, his story became the inspiration for what fictional character? More...
Today's Birthday

James Joyce (1882)

Joyce was an Irish novelist—perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th century. After publishing his story collection, The Dubliners, and the autobiographical novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he spent seven years writing Ulysses, which is now widely regarded by many as the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century. It embodies a highly experimental use of language and exploration of new literary methods such as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. More...
Today's Holiday

Candelaria (Bolivia)

Candelaria, or Candlemas, is a major holiday in Bolivia, where the Virgen de Candelaria is the country's patroness. The festivities focus on her shrine in the normally placid town of Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, where visitors begin to arrive in the week that precedes the festival. Aymará, Quechua, and Chiriwano Indians can be recognized by their colorful native costumes and musical instruments, and most begin dancing as soon as they arrive and continue till the end of the festival. More...
In the News

Patients Overprescribed Narcotics

Prescription painkillers are second only to marijuana as Americans' illegal drugs of choice, and pills left over from legitimate narcotic prescriptions could be an important source of the drugs for abusers. In a recent study, researchers found that two-thirds of 213 patients prescribed narcotics after a urology procedure had pills left over weeks later. Most kept their leftover pills in medicine cabinets, making them easily accessible to those who would choose to abuse them. To combat this, one expert suggests that doctors prescribe fewer pills to patients at the outset and provide them with more later, if needed. More...
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