Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 4, 2012)
Word of the Day

cantata

Definition:(noun) A musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text.
Synonyms:oratorio
Usage: Instead of the band a choir began singing a cantata composed by Paul Ivanovich Kutuzov.
Article of the Day

Speakers' Corner

Often a scene of lively debate, a speakers' corner is an area designated for public speech-making. The northeast corner of London's Hyde Park may be the most famous speakers' corner, having hosted such orators as Karl Marx and George Orwell. However, speakers' corners exist—with varying degrees of freedom—around the world, including countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago. One location in the Netherlands, the Spreeksteen of Amsterdam, was created after what notable murder? More...
This Day in History

First Run of the Orient Express (1883)

Synonymous with intrigue and luxury, the legendary Orient Express was a passenger train that ran from Paris to Istanbul for more than 80 years. Europe's first transcontinental express train, it covered over 1,700 miles (2,740 km), and its lavishly furnished cars became the symbol of glamour for Europeans. It was discontinued in 1977 and revived in 1982 to run between London and Venice as the "Venice Simplon Orient Express." An alluring backdrop for writers, the train line appears in what novels? More...
Today's Birthday

Damon Runyon (1884)

Runyon was an American short story writer and journalist. He served in the Spanish-American War as a teenager and moved to New York in 1911, where he began to write humorous stories about the city's hoodlums, racketeers, bookies, and other underworld characters. The stories are written in a picturesque, slangy journalistic idiom often referred to as "Runyonese" or "Runyonesque." What famous musical is based on a collection of his stories about a racy section of Broadway? More...
Quotation of the Day
Diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Lesotho Independence Day (2015)

Formerly Basutoland, the Kingdom of Lesotho was formally granted its independence from Great Britain on this day in 1966. It had been a British colony since the 1860s. Before the flag-changing ceremonies at midnight to symbolize Lesotho's new autonomy, a colorful procession took place as King Moshoeshoe II (b. 1938) paraded in full regalia leading 100 chiefs into the capital city of Maseru. More...
In the News

3D Gun Printing Project Shut Down, For Now

For the most part, access to 3D printers is limited to the industrial sector, but technological advances are widening the scope of their use. This could have deadly consequences, as illustrated by the controversial Wiki Weapon project, which aims to develop a fully printable gun and then share its design online, allowing anyone with access to a 3D printer to manufacture his own gun. For now, the printable gun project has been put on hold, as the company supplying the printer withdrew its device upon learning how it was to be used, but the incident raises new questions about government's role in controlling technologies that can be used for illegal purposes. More...
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