Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

truculent

Definition:(adjective) Defiantly aggressive.
Synonyms:belligerent, combative, pugnacious, bellicose, obstreperous
Usage: Bitter and truculent when excited, I spoke as I felt, without reserve or softening.
Article of the Day

The Fra Mauro Map

Commissioned by King Alfonso V of Portugal, Venetian monk and cartographer Fra Mauro and his assistant Andrea Bianco completed a world map in 1459. Strange by today's standards, the map is oriented with the south at the top, as was Arab tradition. Fra Mauro used Marco Polo's travelogues for information about Asia and was one of the first Western cartographers to represent Japan. The map also features a detailed description of Africa, which encouraged Portuguese exploration. Where is the map now? More...
This Day in History

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998)

ICANN is a nonprofit corporation that manages domain name systems, the assignment of IP addresses and protocol parameters, and root server systems. The original mandate for ICANN came from a US government proposal to privatize the management of Internet names and addresses to allow for the development of competition and to facilitate global participation in Internet management. Its functions are now performed under US Government contract. What are some criticisms of the organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Johnson (1709)

Johnson was a British man of letters and one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England. In 1755, after eight years of work, he published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language, considered the first great English dictionary. His aphorisms helped make him one of the most frequently quoted English writers. His biography, written by his contemporary James Boswell, is one of the most admired biographies of all time. How many entries did Johnson's dictionary include? More...
Quotation of the Day
All idealization makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Nuestra Senora de Peñafrancia

This celebration is a grand fiesta devoted to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, held in Naga City on the Bicol peninsula in the Philippines. It is the biggest festival of the Bicol region; it starts with a nine-day novena at the Naga Cathedral. A procession then carries the image of the Virgin to a pagoda on a festooned barge, which is surrounded by a flotilla of smaller boats. The people on the smaller boats chant prayers and hymns as they proceed along the river. When the water-borne pagoda has finished its journey, there are shouts of "Viva la virgen!" and the image is taken back to its shrine. More...
In the News

Life Expectancy Gap between Rich and Poor Countries Growing

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular diseases, strokes, and cancers are the leading cause of death in women over 50 the world over. However, in recent years, wealthier nations have made great strides in the screening and treatment of NCDs, dramatically reducing the numbers of deaths from these diseases. Consequently, women in higher-income nations are living longer, and the disparity in life expectancy for women over 50 in rich and poor countries is growing. A similar trend is also being seen in men. More...
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