Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

mensurable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being measured.
Synonyms:measurable
Usage: The mensurable increase in the cost of oil has had wide-reaching effects on the country's economy.
Article of the Day

Snake Charming

Most common in South Asia and North Africa, snake charming is the practice of "charming" snakes through music and rhythmic body movements. Street performers set up in front of audiences and use different methods to draw out their snakes—often venomous varieties such as cobras—which sometimes appear to move along with the music. A typical performance may also include handling the snakes or performing other seemingly dangerous acts. Why is snake charming becoming increasingly rare in India? More...
This Day in History

Benito Mussolini Founds the Fasci di Combattimento (1919)

In the troubled period following WWI, Mussolini organized his followers, mostly veterans, into a paramilitary organization that promoted aggressive nationalism and violently opposed communism and socialism. Amid strikes, unrest, and governmental failure, Mussolini advocated the use of force to restore order. In 1921, his Fasci di Combattimento became the Fascist Party, planting the seeds for the regime that would rule Italy for nearly 20 years. What title did Mussolini choose for himself? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret of Anjou (1430)

Margaret was queen consort of King Henry VI of England and ruled during her husband's frequent bouts of mental illness. With the king insane and childless, Richard, duke of York, was poised to inherit the throne. However, in 1453, Margaret gave birth to a son. The convoluted struggle over who would be king resulted in the War of the Roses, which, by 1471, had left most of those involved dead—except for Margaret. In May of that year, she led an army at the battle of Tewkesbury. Who won? More...
Quotation of the Day
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

the heebie-jeebies

An extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Often used with "get" or "give." More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2017)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
In the News

Bad Job Worse than No Job at All

Being out of work is associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, however, some jobs are so demoralizing that they are actually worse for mental health than having no job at all. In a study, unemployed people who found jobs they rated favorably in the areas of complexity and difficulty, job security, compensation, and job control reported a substantial improvement in mental health. By contrast, newly employed people who felt overwhelmed, insecure about their employment, underpaid, and micromanaged suffered a sharp decline in mental health, reporting increased symptoms of depression and anxiety. More...
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