Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

debonair

Definition:(adjective) Having a sophisticated charm.
Synonyms:suave
Usage: Like other girls she had her dreams of a possible Prince Charming, young and handsome and debonair.
Article of the Day

Prayer Wheels

A prayer wheel is a mechanical device used by Tibetan Buddhists as an equivalent to the recitation of a mantra. It consists of a rod upon which is mounted a hollow metal cylinder inscribed with or containing a prayer. Each turn of the wheel is considered equivalent to orally reciting the prayer. Variants to the handheld prayer wheel are large cylinders that can be moved by hand or kept in continuous motion by windmills or waterwheels. What is an Internet-operated prayer wheel? More...
This Day in History

Pac-Man Arcade Game Released (1980)

First released in Japan in 1980, Pac-Man went on to become one of the most famous arcade games of all time. Developed by Namco video game designer Toru Iwatani, the game became an icon of 80s pop culture and is often credited with being a landmark in video game history. For the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man in 2010, Google turned its homepage logo into a fully playable version of the game. How much productivity did businesses reportedly lose from employees playing the game? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Wagner (1813)

Wagner was a German composer whose astonishing works made him one of the most influential figures in the history of Western music. He revolutionized the 19th-century idea of opera, seeing it as a wholly new art form in which musical, poetic, and scenic elements should come together through such devices as the leitmotif—a recurring melodic phrase used to illustrate a character or idea. His operas include Tristan and Isolde, as well as his masterpiece, a four-opera cycle known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen National Day

In November 1967, British soldiers evacuated Yemen, and the National Liberation Front declared the formation of the independent state of the People's Republic of South Yemen. Yemen National Day observes the official proclamation of the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) on May 22, 1990. An agreement to a common constitution, government, and economy between both had been signed the day before. More...
In the News

Debate over Destruction of Last Smallpox Samples

In 1979, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) declared smallpox officially eradicated. Thereafter, nearly all known stocks of the virus were destroyed and the few remaining samples were sent to two labs, one in the US and one in Russia, where they remain today. While many countries want these last virus stocks destroyed, the two countries that possess the samples have submitted a proposal to the WHO requesting that the destruction be put off for at least five more years. They say they need more time to research the virus and develop safer vaccines in case hidden stocks of it are ever used as a biological weapon. More...
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