Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

hard-bitten

Definition:(adjective) Tough and callous by virtue of experience.
Synonyms:hard-boiled, pugnacious
Usage: He graduated from college a naïve idealist, but just a few years of chasing down stories had turned him into a cynical, hard-bitten journalist.
Article of the Day

Form Follows Function

"Form follows function" is a principle of 20th-century architecture. Coined by American architect Louis Sullivan, it asserts that the form of a building should be primarily based upon its intended function. He developed the idea while working on a new aesthetic for skyscrapers amid the late 19th-century revival of traditional classicism. Sullivan is widely misquoted—he actually said "form ever follows function"—but perhaps the greater error is that the saying is often wrongly attributed to whom? More...
This Day in History

Ticker-Tape Parade Invented in New York City (1886)

Before the advent of the Internet, stock quotes were printed by telegraph machines on continuous paper ribbon known as ticker tape. In 1886, New Yorkers became the first to use the tape as confetti during an impromptu celebration of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, inventing what would come to be known as a "ticker-tape parade." Since then, ticker-tape parades have been used to greet dignitaries, honor war heroes, and fete sports teams. What materials are now used instead of ticker tape? More...
Today's Birthday

James Boswell (1740)

Boswell was a Scottish lawyer and author who is best known for his biography of English literary scholar and critic Samuel Johnson, a noted wit. Boswell's record of Johnson's pithy remarks earned The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. recognition as one of the greatest biographies of Western literature. So skillful was his work that Johnson is perhaps better remembered for his sayings in the biography than for his own writings. What Boswell manuscripts were discovered in the 20th century? More...
Quotation of the Day
To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Today's Holiday

Coronation Day and Sihanouk's Birthday (2015)

The celebration of former King Norodom Sihanouk's birthday on October 31 has been combined with the October 29 anniversary of the coronation of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. Sihanouk abdicated in favor of his son in 2004. The three-day celebration is centered in Phnom Penh, around the Royal Palace. People from all over the country come to the capital city to watch parades, partake in cultural events, and see the elaborate fireworks display along the riverbank near the palace. More...
In the News

I Can't Come to Work Today Because...

Most employees use their sick days when they are legitimately ill, but about a third call in sick when they are actually perfectly well. Some come up with incredibly outlandish excuses to explain why they must miss a day of work, and employment website CareerBuilder.com has highlighted a few of the more bizarre ones from the past year in its annual survey of absenteeism. One worker apparently told his boss that he would have to miss work because his false teeth flew out the car window while he was driving down the highway, and another claimed her home's windows and doors had been glued shut, trapping her inside. More...
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