Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

egocentric

Definition:(adjective) Limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs.
Synonyms:self-centered
Usage: My sister is so egocentric that when I broke my arm on her birthday, her primary concern was that her party would be ruined.
Article of the Day

The Shadow

According to the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, the shadow is the part of the unconscious mind that consists of forbidden feelings, primitive instincts, and repressed desires. Supposedly, a person can interact with his or her own shadow in a variety of ways—including falling victim to it—and the shadow can appear to a person as a figure in his or her dreams. Jung wrote that the less aware a person is of the shadow, the darker it is. What is the Freudian equivalent of Jung's shadow? 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
But what is Government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

James Madison (1751-1836)

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

Locusts Descend on Madagascar

Madagascar is in the throes of a locust plague that, if not dealt with swiftly, could wipe out crops and threaten the food security of more than half of the island's population. Billions of the swarming plant-eaters have infested about half of the country already, and two-thirds of the island will be affected by September if action is not taken to combat the plague. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that eliminating the plague will cost $41 million. More...
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