Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

egotist

Definition:(noun) A conceited and self-centered person.
Synonyms:swellhead
Usage: Mr. Whittleworth is an insufferable egotist with delusions of omnipotence, but we tolerate him because he pays us well.
Article of the Day

Click Consonants

Clicks are speech sounds used in many African languages, particularly in the Khoisan family of languages. They are produced by raising the back of the tongue to make contact with the palate and simultaneously closing the lips or touching the teeth or alveolar ridge with the tip and sides of the tongue. The only non-African language known to use clicks as regular speech sounds is Damin, spoken by certain Aboriginal Australians. What click sound is used in English to express disapproval or pity? More...
This Day in History

The Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the opening engagements of the American Revolution. While marching from Boston to Concord to seize colonists' military stores, a British force of 700 was met at Lexington by 77 local minutemen. After a brief exchange of shots, the outnumbered colonists fell back. The British continued on to Concord, where they were defeated by a militia of about 500. Who had been sent to warn the people of the Massachusetts countryside about the impending British attack? More...
Today's Birthday

David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. According to his "iron law of wages," what keeps wages stabilized around the subsistence level? More...
Quotation of the Day
God's creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself, indeed, in every finite form, but compromised by none.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

like death warmed up

In a state or appearance of extreme ill health. (Often preceded by "look" or "feel.") More...
Today's Holiday

Mahavira Jayanti (2016)

A major Jain festival in India, Mahavira Jayanti is dedicated to Vardhamana (6th century BCE), who came to be known as Mahavira, meaning "great hero," of the Jains. The festival celebrates his birthday and is marked with prayers, fasting, and recitations. The holiday is observed with special fanfare by eastern Indians at Pawapuri in the state of Bihar, where Mahavira was born. Another large celebration is held at the Parasnatha temple in Calcutta. Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, is regarded by Jains as the 24th and last in a series of Tirthankaras, or enlightened teachers. More...
In the News

Superbug Gene Found in New Delhi Water Supply

New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1, or NDM 1, is a gene that makes bacteria highly resistant to nearly all known antibiotics. It first emerged in India three years ago and has since spread around the globe, appearing in countries like the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Sweden. Now, researchers say, bacteria in New Delhi water supplies are carrying the gene. With some 14 million people currently living in Delhi, this poses a very real threat. Experts believe that as many as half a million area residents may already be carrying bacteria with the superbug gene in their digestive tracts. More...
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