Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

assiduity

Definition:(noun) Great and constant diligence and attention.
Synonyms:concentration
Usage: Nell immediately applied herself with great assiduity to the decoration and preparation of the room.
Article of the Day

Embroidery

The art of decorating textiles with needle and thread has unclear origins, but examples of ancient embroidery have been found on the wrappings of Egyptian mummies, meaning it has been around for millennia. While some traditional embroidery techniques are specific to certain cultures, the basic stitches used to make patterns on fabric have remained the same for thousands of years. Embellishments like pearls, shells, and sequins sometimes adorn embroidered pieces. What is whitework embroidery? More...
This Day in History

Lawrence Textile Strike Begins in Massachusetts (1912)

The Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a revolutionary industrial union aimed at uniting all workers in an effort to promote socialism and overthrow capitalism. Of the 150 strikes conducted by the IWW, the Lawrence strike was one of the most notable, growing to more than 20,000 workers in one week and lasting more than two months. Were the strikers' demands met, or did the companies proceed with planned wage reductions? More...
Today's Birthday

Parmigianino (1503)

Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola was an Italian Mannerist painter and etcher commonly known by his nickname Parmigianino, meaning "the little one from Parma." His works possess remarkable grace and sensuality, and he is regarded as one of the period's finest draftsmen. He was one of the first artists to practice etching, and through this medium his style became influential in Italy and beyond. One of his most curious works is a self portrait in which his image has been distorted by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
And so proceed ad infinitum.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Seijin-no-Hi

This national holiday in Japan honors those who reached their 20th birthday (voting age) in the previous year. Gatherings, usually with speakers, are held in community centers where the honorees show off their new adult finery. A traditional archery contest is held on this day at Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto, with people from all over Japan participating. Until 2000, Seijin-no-Hi was observed on January 15, but now it is celebrated on the second Monday in January. More...
In the News

British Team to Attempt First Wintertime Crossing of Antarctica

British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his five-member team will soon test the limits of human endurance, embarking on an unprecedented attempt to traverse Antarctica's inhospitable terrain in winter. Antarctica remains one of the most forbidding regions on Earth, and the more than 2,000-mile (3,220-kilometer) wintertime trek in near permanent darkness and with temperatures of -94° F (-70° C) has long been considered too dangerous to attempt. Now, with modern communications technology and high-tech clothing and equipment, the team feels prepared to tackle what it is calling the last "great polar challenge." More...
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