Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

follow-up

Definition:(noun) A subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment.
Synonyms:reexamination, review
Usage: Heather hated going to the doctor, but she knew it was important to go to her follow-up and make sure everything was healing properly.
Article of the Day

The Tambura

The tambura is a pear-shaped, unfretted lute, usually with four strings, used as a drone in Indian music. It produces a characteristic buzzing sound that is used to set the harmonic foundation for a song without contributing to the melody. The Indian tambura may be related to the Turkish tambur as well as many other similarly-named Asian lutes. Though readily available, electronic tamburas are seen as inferior. Many tamburas are carved from wood, but some are made of what other organic material? More...
This Day in History

French Foreign Legion Founded (1831)

The French Foreign Legion is a unit of the French Army largely composed of foreigners and commanded by French officers. It was created by King Louis Phillipe in 1831 to keep potential dissidents busy fighting for France rather than against it. Because enlistment historically required no official identification, many criminals joined under assumed names to hide their unsavory backgrounds. What are the two ways foreign-born legionnaires can earn the right to apply for French citizenship? More...
Today's Birthday

Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (1844)

Sarasate was a Spanish violinist and composer. He began studying the violin with his bandmaster father at age five, and at his first public concert at age eight, he impressed a wealthy patron and was sent to study in Madrid. There, Queen Isabel II gave him the Stradivarius violin that he would play for the rest of his life. He made his Paris debut in 1860 and commenced touring the world. He wrote scores of brilliant virtuoso works, some of which are still played today. Where are his violins now? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our griefs...have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

horse and rabbit stew

A situation comprised of both crude or unpleasant things as well those which are pleasing or beneficial, usually with the former in greater proportion to the latter. Used especially in reference to economics or business. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2017)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Climate Change Could Displace Entire Island Nation

For the residents of Kiribati, climate change is a very real threat. Many of the island nation's coral atolls rise just a few feet above sea level, and some villages have already had to move due to rising waters and altered storm patterns. A number of strategies have been proposed to protect the nation and its inhabitants from the effects of climate change, including a dramatic plan to move Kiribati's entire population of 103,000 to a 6,000-acre tract of land on the Fijian island of Viti Levu. Though the proposal is gaining traction, even proponents see it as a last resort that they hope never needs to be put into action. More...
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