Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

palaver

Definition:(noun) Talk intended to charm or beguile.
Synonyms:blandishment, cajolery
Usage: Then she would pounce upon me with a lot of that drivelling poodle palaver and kiss me on the nose—but what could I do?
Article of the Day

Water Music

In 1712, George Frideric Handel took up permanent residence in England, leaving his employer—the elector of Hanover—behind in Germany. Two years later, the elector of Hanover became George I of England. When the king requested music for royal festivities, Handel wrote Water Music, allegedly to regain the king's favor. Water Music debuted on a barge accompanying the king down the River Thames in 1717. What did George I think of Handel's now-famous collection of songs? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984)

After Sony introduced the Betamax home video tape recorder in the mid-1970s, Universal Studios sued, alleging that Betamax facilitated copyright infringement by allowing users to make copies of television programs. After an eight-year legal battle, the US Supreme Court ruled that using the new technology to "time-shift" one's television viewing constituted fair use. By then, Betamax had been eclipsed by the VHS format. What later case concerned the "space-shifting" of media? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne Brontë (1820)

Though often overshadowed by her more famous sisters, Charlotte and Emily, Anne Brontë was a novelist and poet in her own right. She possessed a style distinct from the romanticism of her sisters, and her works—which include Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall—have been praised for their realism and moral force. Like her five older siblings, Anne died of tuberculosis at a fairly young age. After she died, who prevented her controversial second novel from being reprinted? More...
Quotation of the Day
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

long pig

obsolete Human flesh when eaten as food by cannibals. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot (2018)

St. Anthony the Abbot was one of the earliest saints, and, if St. Athanasius's biography of him is correct, Anthony lived more than 100 years (251-356). He eventually came to be regarded as a healer of animals as well as of people. His feast day is celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America by bringing household pets and livestock into the churchyard, where the local priest blesses them with holy water. All the animals are carefully groomed and often decorated with ribbons and fresh flowers. In some Latin American cities, the Blessing of the Animals takes place on a different day—often on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. More...
In the News

US Gun Suicides Outnumber Homicides

According to a new study, gun suicides are far more common in the US than the gun homicides that tend to dominate news coverage. The findings, published in the Annual Review of Public Health, show that, over the past decade, an average of 50 Americans a day have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. While the research highlights that young black men are at a much higher risk of dying from firearm violence, it revealed that a different group suffers the most gun deaths—middle-aged white men. In that demographic, 90 percent of the gun deaths are suicides. More...
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