Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

penalize

Definition:(verb) Impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on.
Synonyms:punish
Usage: The students were penalized for their tardiness and had to stay after school for detention.
Article of the Day

"The Walrus and the Carpenter"

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is a narrative poem that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In the book, the poem is recited to the protagonist, Alice, by Tweedledee and Tweedledum. After hearing the poem, in which the titular characters lull a group of oysters into a false sense of security and then eat them, the good-natured Alice attempts to determine which of the two might be the more sympathetic. In what ways has the poem been interpreted? More...
This Day in History

Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a "higher power," and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover. The organization was founded in 1935 by two alcoholics, who were known by what names within the group? More...
Today's Birthday

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice, who was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, he was raised in Britain and served in combat with the Royal Navy in World War II. In 1947, he became a British subject and renounced his right to the Greek and Danish thrones. He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and continued on active service in the navy until her accession to the throne in 1952. Who is their son? More...
Quotation of the Day
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

act of congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Sea Music Festival

The only event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the annual Sea Music Festival takes place during the second weekend in June at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. The festival is a tribute to the music that has been an integral part of shipboard life since the 16th century, offering performances of chanteys, or sailors' work songs, as well as "forebitters"—songs sung for entertainment. The event features daytime and evening concerts Thursday through Sunday, symposia, workshops, and a dance. More...
In the News

The AIDS Pandemic After 30 Years

It has been 30 years since the virus that became known as HIV was first reported in a medical publication, and since that time, the disease has killed more than 25 million people worldwide. There are now some 34 million people around the globe living with HIV/AIDS. Though there is no cure yet, there have been great strides made in terms of reducing transmissions and improving the health, quality of life, and life spans of those infected. More...
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