Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

flagellate

Definition:(verb) To whip or flog.
Synonyms:scourge
Usage: The prisoner was flagellated for his recent escape attempt.
Article of the Day

Troubadours

Troubadours were members of a class of poet-musicians that flourished in southern France and northern Spain and Italy from the 11th to the 13th century. They wrote and performed in the local Occitan language and cultivated an intricate lyric poetry that reflected the ideals of chivalry and courtly love. Often knights themselves, they were favored in royal courts and enjoyed great freedom of speech. Though usually amatory in nature, some troubadour compositions address other topics, like what? More...
This Day in History

Nasir Khusraw Embarks on Seven-Year Middle East Journey (1046)

Khusraw, a Persian poet, philosopher, scholar, and traveler, is considered one of the great writers of Persian literature. His most famous work is the Safarnama, an account of his seven-year journey through the Islamic world, during which time he made pilgrimages to the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina and visited many cities, including Jerusalem and Cairo. The work stands out as the most authentic account of the Islamic world at that time. He traversed what distance in those seven years? More...
Today's Birthday

Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619)

Cyrano de Bergerac was a French writer and freethinker who satirized the customs and beliefs of his time. He wrote two romances about visits to the moon that are classics of early modern science fiction and inspired later writers such as Jonathan Swift. His swaggering personality, evinced by the many duels he fought over insults to his unusually large nose, was romanticized by Edmond Rostand in the verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac. How much of the play is an accurate reflection of his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

beauty queen

A woman who has won, or looks as if she could win, a beauty pageant. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
In the News

ADHD or Simply a Matter of Immaturity?

In recent years, there has been a significant uptick in the number of kids being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some attribute this to increased awareness of the disorder, but others worry that it is being overdiagnosed. A recent study seems to suggest that the latter is true in many cases. The data show that children who are the youngest in their classes are more likely than their older peers to be diagnosed with ADHD and given medication to treat it, when in fact the problem may simply be that they are less mature than their classmates. More...
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