Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 05, 2014)
Word of the Day

aplomb

Definition:(noun) Self-confident assurance; poise.
Synonyms:assuredness, sang-froid, cool
Usage: The defense attorney smiled with an air of aplomb, knowing that his client's acquittal was all but assured.
Article of the Day

Khalil Gibran

Gibran was a Lebanese poet and novelist whose works, written in both English and Arabic, fuse elements of Eastern and Western mysticism. His best-known work is The Prophet, a collection of 26 inspirational prose poems. Published in 1923, it attracted only modest attention during the author's life but later attained cult status among American youth for several generations, including during the 1960s counterculture movement. What lyric did the Beatles adapt from one of Gibran's texts? More...
This Day in History

The March on Versailles (1789)

During the French Revolution, 6,000 knife-wielding fishwives and their husbands marched to the Palace of Versailles, gleefully singing songs about killing Marie Antoinette, whom they blamed for recent bread shortages. They broke into the palace early the next morning and beheaded two royal guards. The queen, her children, and her attendants hid in the king's bedchamber while a large crowd gathered in the courtyard outside, demanding an audience. Aside from food, what did they demand of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Denis Diderot (1713)

Enormously influential in shaping the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century, Diderot was a French encyclopedist, philosopher, novelist, dramatist, and art critic. After rejecting a career in law to pursue his own studies, he served as chief editor of the 35-volume Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Enlightenment, from 1745 to 1772. The controversial project was once the target of a seizure by government officials. Where were the manuscripts said to have been hidden? More...
Quotation of the Day
Popularity? It is glory's small change.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Today's Holiday

National Fire Prevention Week (2015)

October 9 is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Every year since 1925, the week in which October 9 falls has been observed nationwide as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for National Fire Prevention Week and sets up programs to educate the public about a particular aspect of fire prevention. For example, one past theme was the importance of keeping smoke detectors in good working order. More...
In the News

A Conscientious Spouse Can Help You Get Ahead

Who you marry may influence the trajectory of your career. Previous studies have found that home life can influence work life, and new research shows that a spouse's personality could play a role in on-the-job success. Workers whose spouses are conscientiousness and help foster a satisfying home life score highest on measures of job success like job satisfaction, likelihood of promotion, and salary increases. More...
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