Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

follow-up

Definition:(noun) A subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment.
Synonyms:reexamination, review
Usage: Heather hated going to the doctor, but she knew it was important to go to her follow-up and make sure everything was healing properly.
Article of the Day

The Tambura

The tambura is a pear-shaped, unfretted lute, usually with four strings, used as a drone in Indian music. It produces a characteristic buzzing sound that is used to set the harmonic foundation for a song without contributing to the melody. The Indian tambura may be related to the Turkish tambur as well as many other similarly-named Asian lutes. Though readily available, electronic tamburas are seen as inferior. Many tamburas are carved from wood, but some are made of what other organic material? More...
This Day in History

Pink Floyd Releases Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Dark Side of the Moon is a concept album by the rock group Pink Floyd that explores the nature of the human experience through themes such as money, war, mental illness, and death. It is considered by many fans to be the band's magnum opus. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time—it is estimated that one in every 14 people in the US under the age of 50 owns or owned a copy of this album. Many fans claim that the album's music provides an alternative soundtrack to what 1939 film? More...
Today's Birthday

James Earl Ray (1928)

Ray was a petty criminal who escaped from prison in 1967, while serving a sentence for armed robbery. On April 4, 1968, he is believed to have shot Martin Luther King, Jr., as King was emerging from his Memphis motel room. Ray then fled to Canada, England, Portugal, and back to England, where he was apprehended. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in prison but later recanted his confession. His unsuccessful pleas to have his case reopened were supported by which of King's relatives? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our griefs...have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

boots and all

With maximum effort or enthusiasm; completely and without restraint. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2016)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour US Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Climate Change Could Displace Entire Island Nation

For the residents of Kiribati, climate change is a very real threat. Many of the island nation's coral atolls rise just a few feet above sea level, and some villages have already had to move due to rising waters and altered storm patterns. A number of strategies have been proposed to protect the nation and its inhabitants from the effects of climate change, including a dramatic plan to move Kiribati's entire population of 103,000 to a 6,000-acre tract of land on the Fijian island of Viti Levu. Though the proposal is gaining traction, even proponents see it as a last resort that they hope never needs to be put into action. More...
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