Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

comestible

Definition:(noun) Any substance that can be used as food.
Synonyms:eatable, edible, pabulum, victual
Usage: The kitchen table was laden with meats, cheeses, and countless other delectable comestibles.
Article of the Day

World of Warcraft

At its peak in 2010, World of Warcraft boasted 12 million players, making it by far the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Set in the fictional world of Azeroth—a universe so detailed and sprawling that one can get lost—the game allows players to interact within the framework of an intricate social class system. What devastating in-game incident so closely resembled a real disease outbreak that it attracted the attention of research scientists? More...
This Day in History

Lord Darnley, Second Husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Found Murdered (1567)

Though Darnley's murder remains an unsolved mystery, one certainty is that at the time of his death, he was not well-liked. In line for the English throne, he infuriated Queen Elizabeth by marrying Mary Queen of Scots. He then alienated Mary by accusing her of infidelity and stabbing her secretary to death in front of her. Mary distanced herself from him, and shortly thereafter, his house exploded. He was found dead—but not from the blast. How was he killed, and who is suspected of his murder? More...
Today's Birthday

Bertolt Brecht (1898)

Brecht was a German playwright and poet whose brilliant wit and revolutionary theatrical experiments made him a vital and controversial force in modern drama. In 1928, he displayed his hostility toward capitalism as well as his bittersweet compassion for humanity in The Threepenny Opera. With the rise of the Nazis in 1933, he went into exile, first in Scandinavia and then in the US. One of Brecht's most important theories was the concept of Verfremdungseffekt, which means what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

out of steam

Completely exhausted, fatigued, or without energy or motivation. More...
Today's Holiday

Magha Purnima (2017)

Like Kartika Purnima, this is a Hindu bathing festival, and Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges on this day is a great purifying act. When they cannot get to the Ganges, they bathe in the sea or in any holy stream, river, or tank (a pool or pond used to store water). There is a large tank that is considered holy at Kumbhkonam; Hindus believe on this particular day, the Ganges flows into the tank. Magha Purnima is a day for fasting and charities. Early in the morning, libations are offered to dead ancestors, while donations of food, clothes, and money are given to the poor. More...
In the News

Regulating Alcohol Prices Could Save Lives

Even heavy drinkers cut back when alcohol prices go up, and this translates to fewer alcohol-related deaths. In British Columbia, where the government tightly regulates alcohol sales, researchers found that each increase in the minimum price of alcohol was followed by a substantial drop in deaths wholly attributable to alcohol abuse. Conversely, when access to alcohol was increased or minimum alcohol prices were reduced, alcohol-related deaths rose. More...
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