Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

lucid

Definition:(adjective) Mentally sound; sane or rational.
Synonyms:coherent, logical
Usage: Most of the time, he just muttered incomprehensibly to himself, but in his occasional lucid moments, he was an engaging conversationalist.
Article of the Day

George Balanchine

Balanchine was one of the 20th century's foremost choreographers. His stark ballets emphasized "pure" dance and formed a bridge between classical and modern ballet. Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1933 and became director of ballet for the Metropolitan Opera House and co-founder of the School of American Ballet. He later helped found the company that would become the New York City Ballet and was named its artistic director and principal choreographer. What disease ended Balanchine's life? More...
This Day in History

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Opens in New York (1959)

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened six months after his death, the Guggenheim Museum represents a radical departure from traditional museum design, spiraling upward and outward in a smooth coil of massive, unadorned white concrete. The exhibition space, which consists of a six-story spiral ramp lighted by a glass dome supported by stainless steel, has even been criticized for upstaging the artwork displayed. For how many years did Wright work on the building? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Georg Solti (1912)

Solti was a Hungarian-born British conductor. Not long after making his piano debut at age 12, he decided he wanted to conduct. He returned to piano during WWII and won the 1942 Geneva International Competition. After the war, he began conducting again and led orchestras all over Europe and the US. As director of the Royal Opera House, he made the first full recording of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle, one of history's most celebrated recordings. How did he earn the nickname "the screaming skull"? More...
Quotation of the Day
He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

get (one's) ears lowered

To get a haircut, especially to a length that reveals one's ears. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Black Christ (2016)

One legend associated with the observance of this festival in Portobelo, Panama, says that, during a cholera epidemic on the Isthmus, the people discovered a statue of a black Christ and brought it into the church. Within a few days, cholera had completely disappeared from Portobelo, even though it continued to rage elsewhere. The people of Portobelo honor El Jesús Nazarene by carrying the statue in procession on a decorated platform through the city. Pilgrims come from all over Panama, as they have for more than 300 years, to celebrate with folk dancing, music, and songs. More...
In the News

A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way

If you were told that you would need to run for 50 minutes or walk five miles (eight kilometers) in order to work off the calories of the soda you were about to buy, would you return it to the shelf? It would seem that being confronted with this sort of information about sugary beverages while shopping does influence buying habits, particularly among teens, and could be a cheap and simple way to combat the growing obesity problem plaguing many countries. More...
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