Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

self-abasement

Definition:(noun) Degradation or humiliation of oneself, especially because of feelings of guilt or inferiority.
Synonyms:self-mortification, penance
Usage: "Let them break my heart if they like," she had thought to herself, in the self-abasement of that bitter moment; "it will be no more than I have deserved."
Article of the Day

The Congress of Vienna

The Congress of Vienna was one of the most important international conferences in European history. Ambassadors from all of the major European powers attended the congress, whose main purpose was to redraw the continent's political map following the defeat of Napoleonic France. The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars had swept away Europe's entire structure, and determining new borders was a complex process. What controversial diplomat wrote his Harvard doctoral dissertation on this congress? More...
This Day in History

US President Truman Signs Executive Order Desegregating Military (1948)

Expanding on 1941's Executive Order 8802, which prohibited discrimination in the defense industry, Order 9981 required that all persons in the armed forces be treated equally without regard to race or other factors. It also called for the establishment of an advisory committee to facilitate the implementation of this policy. The order eliminated segregation in the armed forces within years, though racism was another matter entirely. What historically black boot camp was eliminated by Order 9981? More...
Today's Birthday

Aldous Huxley (1894)

Huxley was a British writer known for his works of witty and pessimistic satire, like Antic Hay (1923), which established his reputation as a novelist. In his acclaimed Brave New World, he envisions a nightmarish, scientifically controlled future society that underscores the dehumanizing aspects of technological progress. His later works reveal an interest in philosophy and mysticism. Though he spent much of his life in the US, he was repeatedly denied citizenship for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

jump at the chance (to do something)

To accept or seize with alacrity an opportunity (to do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Teej (2017)

Teej is a way to welcome the monsoon, the season when the wind from the Indian Ocean brings heavy rainfall. This is also a celebration for women and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva and patron goddess of women. On Teej, specially decorated swings are hung from trees in every village, and women swing on them and sing songs in praise of Parvati. Married women go to their parents' home and receive gifts of clothes and jewelry. There are also local fairs and processions carrying the image of the goddess. On this day, she is supposed to have been reunited with Shiva. More...
In the News

Hospitalization Far Riskier than Flying

The risk of dying due to a medical error or hospital-acqu ired infection is exponentially greater than that of dying in a plane crash. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the risk of dying from a medical error after being admitted to a hospital is 1 in 300. Additionally, 7 percent of hospital patients in developed countries and 10 percent of hospital patients in developing countries acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection. In contrast, the risk of dying in a plane crash is only about 1 in 10 million passengers. The WHO's envoy for patient safety said the data show that healthcare around the globe still needs much improvement. More...
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