Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

legerity

Definition:(noun) The gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble.
Synonyms:agility, lightsomeness
Usage: Common house cats have an extraordinary legerity that enables them to almost always land on their feet.
Article of the Day

Les Nabis

Les Nabis began as a rebellious group of students at Rodolphe Julian's private art school in Paris in the late 19th century. Taking their name from the Hebrew word for "prophet," these artists rejected the naturalism of the impressionists and developed a style of decorative art—using boldly juxtaposed but muted colors—that paved the way for the 20th-century abstract movement. They also embraced formats like printmaking and coined their own private language. How did they sign letters? More...
This Day in History

Mother Teresa Beatified (2003)

Born Agnes Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa was an Albanian Roman Catholic missionary famous for her work among the poor in India. She first went to India at 17, becoming a nun and teaching school in Calcutta. In 1948, she left the convent and founded the Missionaries of Charity, which now operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and food centers worldwide. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. What would be needed for her to be declared a saint? More...
Today's Birthday

Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown (1876)

Nicknamed "Three Finger" by the press because a farming accident in his youth cost him parts of two fingers on his right hand, Brown was one of the top Major League Baseball pitchers at the turn of the 20th century. He used his injury to his advantage, developing a unique grip on the ball that produced an unusual amount of spin, baffling batters. Over the course of his major league career, Brown won 239 games and lost just 130. With what team did he win two World Series championships? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's worth a fellow's while to be born into the world, if only to fall right asleep.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Today's Holiday

Jamaica National Heroes Day (2015)

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More...
In the News

Economy Taking Toll on Bankers Too

The global economic crisis has affected people from all walks of life, including those in the one sector that has been most widely blamed for our recent woes—the banking industry. Like many, bank workers face the real possibility of job loss—hundreds of thousands of finance jobs have been eliminated in recent years—yet instead of being regarded with sympathy, they are often the targets of anger and blame. This combination of job stress and societal stigma appears to be taking a toll. Over the past two years, members of more than 80% of banking and insurance unions in 26 countries have reportedly suffered from deteriorating health. More...
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