Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

ethnic

Definition:(adjective) Denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people.
Synonyms:cultural
Usage: In my family, holidays are celebrated with lavish meals featuring ethnic foods that remind us of our ancestors' Eastern European roots.
Article of the Day

The Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is actually an inland salt lake located between Europe and Asia. It borders Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. With an area of 149,200 sq mi (386,400 sq km), it is the largest inland body of water in the world. It receives many rivers but has no outlet and was an important part of the Mongol-Baltic trade route in the premodern era. Today, it is a major source of beluga caviar and petroleum. What other names has the Caspian Sea been called throughout history? More...
This Day in History

Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)

Earnhardt was a seven-time champion and one of NASCAR's most successful drivers when he was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 race. In the final lap, his car veered abruptly down the track and made contact with two others before hitting a concrete retaining wall head-on at about 160 mph (258 km/h). He was killed instantly. In the wake of the tragedy, NASCAR launched an intensive safety campaign and the Florida Legislature passed the Earnhardt Family Protection Act changing what laws? More...
Today's Birthday

Yoko Ono (1933)

Ono is a Japanese artist, musician, author, and peace activist best known for her marriage to John Lennon of the Beatles. She was raised in Japan and the US, where she started exploring conceptual and performance art. A member of the Fluxus movement, Ono developed a reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker, conceptual artist, performance artist, and experimental musician. Her 1964 Cut Piece, a commentary on identity, gender issues, suffering, and loneliness, invited the audience to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) to do

To have some task or action that one must complete or undertake. More...
Today's Holiday

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri (2017)

Hadaka Matsuri means, literally, "naked festival". The young men who participate are naked except for traditional white loincloths known as fundoshi. Sometimes the participants in Hadaka Matsuri immerse themselves in a river beforehand to purify themselves. Occasionally several semi-naked young men will carry a mikoshi, or portable shrine, in the form of a horse, rice bale, or sake barrel into the river with them. More...
In the News

Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

In a recent study, researchers found that the risk of dementia rises as hearing ability declines. It is unclear why this might be the case, but it is possible that the brains of those who are hearing impaired allocate more resources to audition to compensate for the deficit at the expense of other cognitive functions. It is also possible that hearing loss leads to social isolation, which has been linked to dementia in the past, or that both conditions result from brain abnormalities. Researchers have yet to determine whether hearing aids or other auditory devices can help stave off the onset of dementia. More...
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