Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

inactivate

Definition:(verb) Release from military service or remove from the active list of military service.
Synonyms:demobilize
Usage: My leg injury was so severe that my superior officer was forced to inactivate me.
Article of the Day

Methuselah

In the Bible, the patriarch Methuselah is the grandfather of Noah and is said to have lived to the age of 969. As such, his name has become synonymous with longevity. Since the very oldest modern-day humans reach an age only approximately one eighth of Methuselah's, numerous theories have arisen to explain why he is said to have lived so long. One postulates that an ancient mistranslation resulted in the accidental inflation of his age when what two words were mixed up? 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
I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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

Living Alone Linked to Depression

A Finnish study of working-age adults finds that those who live alone have as much as an 80 percent greater risk of depression than those who live with others. One possible explanation for this is that living with other people promotes feelings of social integration and provides emotional support, whereas living alone leads to feelings of isolation and a lack of social integration. However, equally plausible is the notion that people who are prone to depression may struggle socially, making them more likely to live alone. More...
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