Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

cloistered

Definition:(adjective) Secluded from the world; sheltered.
Synonyms:sequestered
Usage: The dean said the cloistered atmosphere of the academy was doing little to prepare students for the real world.
Article of the Day

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is thousands of years old and involves inserting fine metal needles into the skin at specially designated points along the 14 lines, or meridians, of the human body. Today, it is widely used in China in the treatment of headaches, ulcers, arthritis, and hypertension. It is also used as an anesthetic during childbirth and some types of surgery. To diagnose a patient, which body part does an acupuncturist examine? More...
This Day in History

Singapore Is Expelled from Malaysia (1965)

After more than a century of British rule, Singapore gained independence in 1959. Four years later, it joined with nearby territories to form Malaysia. However, racial and economic tensions arose, and two years later, the Malaysian parliament unanimously voted to expel Singapore. Despite being left unexpectedly autonomous with few defenses or natural resources, Singapore rapidly developed into an economic powerhouse. Still, it remains dependent on Malaysia for what one critical thing? More...
Today's Birthday

Izaak Walton (1593)

A friend and fishing companion of John Donne, Walton wrote one of the most famous and frequently reprinted books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation. The book not only describes the strategies and techniques of fishing, it also draws a picture of peace and simple virtue that was Walton's protest against the civil wars taking place at the time. Though the book was first published in 1653, Walton continued to add to it—for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bravery never goes out of fashion.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

the knacker's yard

A state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. More...
Today's Holiday

Singapore National Day (2017)

Singapore National Day is a public holiday in Singapore to commemorate its independence. Singapore was the administrative seat for the Straits Settlements, a British crown colony, from 1867 until it was occupied by Japan in World War II. It was restored to Britain in 1945, became a part of Malaysia in 1963, and became independent in 1965. The holiday is celebrated with a spectacular parade, cultural dances, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Keep an Eye on Your Eyes in the Sun

Much has been made of the dangers of excessive sun exposure for skin, but the danger to the eyes is often overlooked. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation has been linked to a number of serious eye conditions, including cancer, snow blindness, cataracts, and pterygium—also known as surfers' eye. Experts say wearing protective eyewear when out in the sun is just as important as slathering on sunscreen. More...
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