Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

mensurable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being measured.
Synonyms:measurable
Usage: The mensurable increase in the cost of oil has had wide-reaching effects on the country's economy.
Article of the Day

Snake Charming

Most common in South Asia and North Africa, snake charming is the practice of "charming" snakes through music and rhythmic body movements. Street performers set up in front of audiences and use different methods to draw out their snakes—often venomous varieties such as cobras—which sometimes appear to move along with the music. A typical performance may also include handling the snakes or performing other seemingly dangerous acts. Why is snake charming becoming increasingly rare in India? More...
This Day in History

Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" (1775)

Henry was an American Revolutionary leader who gained a reputation as a skillful orator. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he delivered his famous speech in defense of liberty to the Virginia Convention in 1775, concluding with the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" The speech is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the assembly to pass a resolution to send Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Which future presidents were in the audience during the speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Regarded as one of the world's greatest directors for his ability to combine Japanese aesthetic and cultural elements with a Western sense of action and drama, Kurosawa became an assistant director and scenarist at PCL movie studio in 1936. He wrote and directed his first feature film in 1943 and earned international acclaim for Rashomon in 1950. His later classic films include Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. In 1990, Kurosawa won an Academy Award for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

canary in a coal mine

Something or someone who, due to sensitivity to his, her, or its surroundings, acts as an indicator and early warning of possible adverse conditions or danger. Refers to the former practice of taking caged canaries into coal mines. The birds would die if methane gas became present and thereby alert miners to the danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2016)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
In the News

Bad Job Worse than No Job at All

Being out of work is associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, however, some jobs are so demoralizing that they are actually worse for mental health than having no job at all. In a study, unemployed people who found jobs they rated favorably in the areas of complexity and difficulty, job security, compensation, and job control reported a substantial improvement in mental health. By contrast, newly employed people who felt overwhelmed, insecure about their employment, underpaid, and micromanaged suffered a sharp decline in mental health, reporting increased symptoms of depression and anxiety. More...
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