Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

tailing

Definition:(noun) The act of following someone secretly.
Synonyms:shadowing
Usage: The private eye has been tailing my husband for the past week to gather evidence of infidelity.
Article of the Day

The Chaperon

The chaperon was a type of hood worn throughout Western Europe in the Middle Ages. It was especially fashionable in 15th-century Burgundy. The French verb chaperonner, meaning "to cover with a hood," was derived from the name of the headgear and later came to mean "to protect." Under the influence of the verb sense, the French noun chaperon came to mean "escort," a meaning that was borrowed into English by the early 1700s. Why was Joan of Arc denounced for wearing a chaperon? More...
This Day in History

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Signed (1961)

In 1961, representatives from 73 nations met at United Nations headquarters to draft an international treaty to fight the production, trade, and use of illegal drugs. Their comprehensive convention replaced a prior patchwork of treaties and was entered into force in 1964. It was amended in 1972 and now has more than 180 signatories. Despite its sweeping breadth, the document contains a significant ambiguity that has been interpreted differently by various nations. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Clapton took up the instrument as a teen and went on to play in a succession of critically acclaimed blues and rock bands, such as the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, and Cream. He is the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 70s, he spent several years in seclusion battling a heroin addiction. What famous rock guitarist helped launch Clapton's comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

(one) figures (that)

One presumes or anticipates (that); one reckons or thinks (that). More...
Today's Holiday

Ganguar (2017)

Gangaur is one of the highlights of the festival year in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is observed in celebration of Gauri, another name for Parvati, Shiva's wife. This is largely a girls' and women's festival, but boys and men get to enjoy the elaborate processions that take place in cities around the state, such as Jaipur. The festival continues for 18 days, during which women fast, dress in their best clothes, adorn themselves with intricate henna designs, and pray. The festival culminates with feasting and processions of the goddess's image that celebrate the union of Gauri and Shiva. More...
In the News

Scientists Dub Walnut Healthiest Nut

Nuts are known to be healthy and nutritious, containing protein, vitamins, and minerals as well as dietary fiber, and the walnut may be the healthiest nut of all. According to researchers, walnuts contain twice as many antioxidants as other commonly eaten nuts. They also found the antioxidants in walnuts to be higher in quality and potency than those found in other nuts. Antioxidants are thought to protect the body from free radicals and reactive oxygen species by converting them into more stable substances. More...
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