Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

ribbing

Definition:(noun) The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances.
Synonyms:tantalization, teasing
Usage: After falling from his chair in front of the entire senior management team, Harold spent the rest of the week suffering his coworkers' ribbing.
Article of the Day

The Dance of the Seven Veils

Though the Dance of the Seven Veils is not mentioned in the biblical account of John the Baptist's death, it has come to be associated with the event in subsequent retellings of the story. King Herod is said to have offered his stepdaughter, Salomé, anything she wanted in exchange for a dance—in which she removed seven layers of clothing. At the prompting of her mother, she demanded the head of John the Baptist after her performance. What Assyrian myth may have inspired the dance? More...
This Day in History

The Siege of Leningrad Is Lifted (1944)

During WWII, German and Finnish forces invaded the Soviet Union and encircled the city of Leningrad—now St. Petersburg—blocking supply lines for 872 days. Sparse food and fuel supplies delivered by barge and sled kept the city's arms factories operating and its 2 million inhabitants barely alive, while 1 million children and sick and elderly people were evacuated. Still, hundreds of thousands died of starvation, disease, and shelling from German artillery. How was the siege broken? More...
Today's Birthday

Lewis Carroll (1832)

Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. Carroll developed the stories from tales he told to the children of H. G. Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College at Oxford, one of whom was named Alice. Many of his characters—the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the White Rabbit—have become familiar figures in literature. What else did Carroll write? More...
Quotation of the Day
And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

endgame

The final stages of a process, development, or activity. An allusion to the last stage in chess, when the majority of pieces have been removed from the board. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Mozart (2016)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on this day in 1756. His achievements in composing operas, chamber music, symphonies, and piano concerti have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time. Mozart's birthday is observed all over the world by musical societies, who often give concerts of his music on this day. The city of his birth also honors him at the end of January with Mozart Week, as well as with the Salzburg Festival each summer. More...
In the News

Diet Drinks Linked to Depression

The safety of artificial sweeteners has long been the subject of debate, and the results of a new study linking depression and dietetic beverages only deepen the controversy. The data show that people who drink four cans or glasses of diet soda or artificially sweetened juice a day have about a third higher risk of depression. While the findings do not indicate that consuming such sweeteners causes depression, some will likely draw that conclusion. More studies would need to be done in order to determine whether this is in fact the case. More...
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