Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

djinni

Definition:(noun) In Muslim legend, a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people.
Synonyms:genie, jinnee, jinni
Usage: The djinni offered to grant Aladdin three wishes.
Article of the Day

Printmaking

Printmaking is the process of creating an image, called an impression, by inking a prepared plate or woodblock and pressing it against another material. Invented in China in the 5th century, the woodcut was both the earliest printmaking method and the first process that allowed printmakers to produce multiple copies of a text or artwork. Later, techniques involving engraved or etched metal plates were developed. What is the reductionist approach to applying multiple colors to an impression? More...
This Day in History

Italian Public Administrator Enrico Mattei Dies in Plane Crash (1962)

After World War II, Mattei was given the task of dismantling the Italian Petroleum Agency, a Fascist state enterprise. Instead, Mattei enlarged and reorganized it into the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI), or National Fuel Trust. Under his direction, ENI developed large deposits of natural gas in Italy and negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East. Mattei became a powerful figure in Italy before he died in a plane crash in 1962. What conspiracy theories exist about his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Sylvia Plath (1932)

American poet Sylvia Plath excelled as a writer from an early age and published her first poem at eight. She attempted suicide while in college but underwent electroshock treatment and seemingly recovered from her breakdown. In 1956, she wed poet Ted Hughes, whom she met while attending Cambridge on a Fulbright grant. Shortly after they separated in 1962, Plath committed suicide. Her literary reputation grew rapidly after her death, and she became the first poet to win what prize posthumously? More...
Quotation of the Day
Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone's) back

To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case he or she needs assistance. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Independence and Thanksgiving Day (2016)

A group of islands in the West Indies, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence from Britain on October 27, 1979, and its citizens celebrate their freedom with this national holiday. More...
In the News

Altering Brain Chemistry May Allow People to Increase Pain Threshold

Researchers at the University of Manchester found the number of opiate receptors in the brain increases to help the body combat chronic pain, which may lead to more effective methods of pain management. Chronic pain, such as what arthritis patients live ... More...
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