Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

entrepot

Definition:(noun) A place where goods are stored or deposited and from which they are distributed.
Synonyms:transshipment center
Usage: Bahrain has been an entrepot of trade between Arabia and India since the second millennium BCE.
Article of the Day

Trembling Madness

Delirium tremens, known colloquially as the DTs, is an acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium generally caused by alcohol withdrawal following habitual excessive drinking. A patient suffering from the DTs may experience sweating, hallucinations, tremors, and convulsions, as well as increased heart rate and body temperature. In severe cases, delirium tremens may lead to hypothermia, cardiovascular collapse, and death. When left untreated, what percentage of DT sufferers die during withdrawal? More...
This Day in History

UK Recognizes British Sign Language as Official Language (2003)

Making use of space and involving movement of the hands, body, face, and head, British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of deaf people in the UK and those who communicate with them, such as relatives and interpreters. BSL has regional and local dialects, and some signs go in and out of fashion or evolve over time, just like spoken words. Although English is the predominant spoken language in both the UK and US, BSL differs from American Sign Language in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848)

In 1840, Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and the two had nine children, whose marriages, and those of their grandchildren, in turn, allied the British royal house with those of Russia, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Romania, and others. Their sixth child, Princess Louise, is regarded by biographers as the couple's most beautiful daughter. In 1871, Louise married the Marquess of Lorne and became the Duchess of Argyll. Why was the marriage controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great joy, especially after a sudden change and revolution of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

clout list

A secret list of people who, through advantageous connections and relationships with people of affluence, authority, or political influence, are given preferential consideration during an admissions or appointments process. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Joseph's Eve

In Valencia, Spain, the feast of the foster-father of Jesus is a week-long festival called Fallas de San Jose (Bonfires of St. Joseph). On St. Joseph's Eve, March 18, fallas—huge floats of intricate scenes made of wood and papier-mâché, satirizing everything from the high cost of living to political personalities—parade through the streets. At midnight on March 19, the celebration ends with the spectacular ceremony known as the crema, when all the fallas are set on fire. The festival is said to reflect the happy and satirical nature of the Valencians. More...
In the News

Kids Who Eat Two Breakfasts Are Less Likely to Be Overweight than Those Who Eat None

A growing number of children are eating free breakfasts at school, but the push to provide morning meals for all children in low-income communities has long been accompanied by a concern that it might mean more kids end up eating a double breakfast ... More...
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