Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

argot

Definition:(noun) A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group.
Synonyms:jargon, lingo, patois, vernacular, slang, cant
Usage: He was a natural linguist, and he kept notebooks, making a scientific study of the workers' slang or argot, until he could talk quite intelligibly.
Article of the Day

Legend Tripping

If you have ever tested your mettle by visiting a "haunted" cemetery or the site of a local tragedy, you have engaged in what folklorists have, in recent years, termed "legend tripping." Legend trippers—typically teens—visit a tabooed site for the specific purpose of flirting with its purported dangers and testing their courage against its supposed supernatural forces. These excursions are usually undertaken secretly, under cover of darkness. What are some hot spots for legend tripping? More...
This Day in History

Zambia Gains Independence (1964)

The area that is now Zambia came under British control in the early 1900s with the development of the copper mining industry. After decades of nationalist struggle, the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda, a former schoolteacher who had been jailed for nationalist political activities prior to independence, became its first president. Zambia may have been the first country to do what during the Olympics? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Edson Taylor (1838)

On her 63rd birthday, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The interior of the barrel was cushioned and the air was compressed with a bicycle pump. Before her trip, Taylor sent a cat over the falls in her barrel—and it lived. Days later, she drifted over the falls in the same barrel and walked away from the plunge with minor injuries. However, she did not significantly profit from the stunt. According to some accounts, her barrel was stolen by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

live and kicking

Alive, healthy, and alert. (A truncated version of "alive and kicking.") More...
Today's Holiday

Zambia Independence Day (2017)

On this day in 1964, the British colony of Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia, after decades of nationalist struggle. For two days, celebrations and parades are held all over Zambia, but the most elaborate are in the capital city of Lusaka. Labor and youth organizations march along with the armed forces with dancing and music. Various tribal dances from all over the country are performed in Independence Stadium, and there are gymnastics performances by children. October 24 is also the occasion for the final game of the annual Independence Soccer Trophy. More...
In the News

Parkinson's Drugs Could Trigger Impulse Control Disorders

Dopamine receptor agonist drugs may keep symptoms of Parkinson's disease in check, but they could also have some serious behavioral consequences. Data suggest that these drugs play a role in the development of impulse control disorders like pathological gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping. Of 1,580 reports of impulse control disorder events as an adverse reaction to a drug, researchers identified 710 as being linked to dopamine agonists. More...
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