Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

abductor

Definition:(noun) Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom).
Synonyms:kidnapper, snatcher
Usage: Until dark the Englishman searched the nearby jungle for a trace of the missing one or a sign of the trail of her abductor.
Article of the Day

As Slow As Possible

As Slow as Possible is a musical piece by American avant-garde composer John Cage, who deliberately neglected to specify how slowly it should be played. Piano performances of the score usually last from 20 to 70 minutes. However, a performance that began in 2001 at a church in Germany is still going on and is expected to continue until 2640. The church's organ continuously emits the low hum of a chord that began several years ago. When will the next note-change occur? 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
I am almost frighted out of my seven senses.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

Appealing Chins Becoming More Attractive to Americans

Chin implant surgery has become the fastest growing type of cosmetic procedure in the US, and some are blaming the surge on the growing use of video chat technology, which may be causing people to focus more on their jawlines. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 20,000 chin implant operations were carried out in 2011, an increase of 71% from the year before. Still, other cosmetic surgeries, like liposuction and breast augmentation, remain much more common, with hundreds of thousands of these procedures performed every year. More...
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