Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

afflict

Definition:(verb) Cause physical pain or suffering in.
Synonyms:smite
Usage: My grandmother is afflicted with arthritis, and it makes it hard for her to get around.
Article of the Day

Biorhythms

Biorhythms are recurring patterns of physiological states in an organism or organ. One example is the circadian rhythm that governs humans' sleep-wake cycle as well as their blood pressure changes and urine production during a 24-hour period. Circannual rhythms are yearly cycles that respond to changes in the length of periods of daylight. Some people believe that biorhythms affect physical and mental states and behavior. Who thought that his students' good and bad days followed a 33-day cycle? More...
This Day in History

Microsoft Windows 1.0 Is Released (1985)

Though Microsoft announced its new operating system in the fall of 1983, it was not ready for release until two years later, and the long delay led critics to label the product "vaporware." Even after Windows 1.0 finally hit the market, it was not particularly popular. Still, Windows was more user-friendly than the spare MS-DOS upon which it was built, and it allowed users to multitask. Two years later, it was superseded by Windows 2.0. When did Microsoft finally stop supporting Windows 1.0? More...
Today's Birthday

Alistair Cooke (1908)

Cooke was a British-American journalist and broadcaster. To British audiences, he was famous for his lively and insightful interpretations of American life and culture. His weekly Letter from America, which aired for 58 years, was one of the longest-running programs in radio. To American television audiences, he was the epitome of the elegant English gentleman, hosting public television's Masterpiece Theater for 20 years. After he died, his bones were stolen and used for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

a stab in the back

A betrayal; an act of treachery. More...
Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2017)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (northern islands of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during WWII. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
In the News

UN Observes World Toilet Day

In the developed world, we tend to take sanitation for granted, but more than one-third of the people on Earth still lack access to essential sanitary facilities like bathrooms. Without proper sanitation, human waste contaminants enter the environment and water supply, leading to the spread of disease. Lack of access to bathroom facilities also compromises people's dignity and safety and has been found to limit social and economic development. The issue is largely ignored, however, because publicly addressing toilets and bodily functions is generally considered taboo. So, in an effort to raise awareness and spur the international community to action, the UN yesterday observed World Toilet Day for the first time. More...
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