Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 02, 2014)
Word of the Day

liniment

Definition:(noun) A medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain.
Synonyms:embrocation
Usage: The veterinarian instructed me to apply the liniment to the horse's sore leg twice a day.
Article of the Day

Fish Oil

Though it may sound unappetizing, fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements on the market. Derived from the tissues of oily fish—like salmon, herring, and trout—fish oil is hailed for its omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s appear to prevent the formation of blood clots and protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease. They are also believed to reduce the risk of cancer and coronary heart disease. Curiously, fish do not actually produce omega-3s. Where do these beneficial acids come from? 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
There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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) (2016)

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

Several Years On, Los 33 Struggling

On October 13, 2010, the world collectively held its breath as 33 brave miners trapped for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine were painstakingly hauled to the surface one by one. However, after the news crews moved on, the miners, promised all manner of support at the time of their rescue, found themselves in many ways abandoned. It has been over three years, and the men have yet to see any compensation from the mine's owners. More than half never got the pensions they were promised. A civil suit against the mine owners is still pending, but in the meantime, the miners are struggling to cope. More...
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