Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 4, 2011)
Word of the Day

soul-searching

Definition:(noun) A penetrating examination of one's motives, convictions, and attitudes.
Synonyms:self-analysis
Usage: Mary's therapist told her she was going to have to be introspective and do much soul-searching if she hoped to learn what was at the root of her depression.
Article of the Day

Lahars

A lahar is a destructive mudflow that travels down the slopes of a volcano when water, often from a heavy rainfall, lake breakout, or water body or glacier displaced or melted by an eruption, mixes with rocky debris and volcanic ash. Lahars can travel up to 60 mph (100 km/h) and are similar to concrete in consistency. In 1985, lahars created by the eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz buried 22,000 people in 26 ft (8 m) of mud. What places are considered to be particularly at risk for lahars? More...
This Day in History

Jonathan Pollard Pleads Guilty to Espionage Charges (1986)

After leaving graduate school in 1979, Pollard immediately began applying for intelligence positions, and landed one at the US Naval Investigative Service (NIS). In 1985, after he had attained a high level of clearance, coworkers noticed that he was accessing a huge number of documents for seemingly no reason. He was arrested and, the following year, pled guilty to selling secrets to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison. What early clues nearly derailed his career before it started? More...
Today's Birthday

François Quesnay (1694)

While serving as consulting physician to Louis XV at Versailles, Quesnay developed an interest in economics. In his 1758 Tableau économique, he described the relationship between the different economic classes of society and the flow of payments among them, and he developed the concept of economic balance used by many later economic analysts. An advocate of laissez-faire economics, he believed that all wealth originated with the land. What school of economics is he credited with founding? More...
Quotation of the Day
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet; the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand—and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

land of plenty

A fictional or imagined utopian place where there is an abundance of everything needed to survive and flourish. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Sea (2017)

The Festival of the Sea is based on the Icelandic tradition of Seamen's Day, an occasion to honor all who make their living from the sea. It takes place annually, primarily in the city of Reykjavík. Traditionally, fishermen compete during the festival in swimming and rowing races and other tests of strength, including the popular tug-of-war. The festival also includes numerous cultural activities, parades, arts-and-crafts activities for kids, food fairs, and sailing competitions. Tourists come from far and wide to participate in the fun and to view boats and ships as they rest in the harbors. More...
In the News

Teen Sells Kidney for iPad 2

After her 17-year-old son came home sporting a large red scar and in possession of expensive new electronic devices, a Chinese mother made a horrifying discovery—her child had sold one of his kidneys in exchange for 22,000 yuan, about $3,392. The boy says he did so because he wanted an iPad 2 but could not afford one. In 2006, the Chinese government banned the sale of human organs, but such transactions still take place on the black market. Authorities are now investigating the incident. More...
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