Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

sycophant

Definition:(noun) A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
Synonyms:crawler, toady, lackey
Usage: The sycophant erupted into laughter before the mayor had even finished the joke.
Article of the Day

Campbell's Soup

After completing his doctorate in Germany, John T. Dorrance declined prestigious academic posts to work in his uncle's canning factory—the Joseph Campbell Preserve Company—in Camden, New Jersey. In 1897, he began replicating in condensed form the soups he had enjoyed in Europe. By 1904, his soups dominated company sales. Still famous today for its soups, Campbell's is also known for its iconic cans, immortalized by Andy Warhol. One of his soup artworks sold for $11.8 million. What was its title? More...
This Day in History

Henry Wirz Executed for War Crimes in American Civil War (1865)

In 1864, Wirz, a Confederate officer, became superintendent of Georgia's Andersonville prison, officially known as Camp Sumter. Providing only makeshift shelters, the prison confined tens of thousands of Union soldiers and became notorious for conditions so appalling that 13,000 of them died. Wirz was later convicted of conspiring to murder prisoners and hanged, becoming the only person executed for war crimes committed in the American Civil War. What was Wirz's occupation before the war? More...
Today's Birthday

William Hogarth (1697)

Hogarth was a British painter and engraver who began his career as an apprentice to a silversmith at the age of 15. At 22, he opened his own engraving and printing shop. His first successes were satirical engravings that attacked contemporary taste and questioned the art establishment. His efforts to protect artists against art piracy were instrumental in the passage of Britain's first copyright act in 1735. What 20th century composer wrote an opera inspired by Hogarth's Rake's Progress? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Today's Holiday

Martinsfest (2015)

Martin's Festival in Germany honors both St. Martin of Tours and Martin Luther (1483-1546), the German theologian and leader of the Protestant Reformation. In Düsseldorf, a man dressed as St. Martin rides through the streets followed by hundreds of children. Many carry lanterns made from hollowed-out pumpkins. In Erfurt, where Martin Luther attended the university, there is a procession of children carrying lanterns. With their lanterns, the children form the "Luther rose," or the escutcheon of Martin Luther. More...
In the News

Overdose-Countering Nasal Spray Could Save Lives

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 69,000 people a year die from heroin or other opioid overdoses. Naloxone, a drug that has been around since the 1960s, counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose, but its use has been generally limited by its need to be administered as an injection. It has, however, recently been shown to be effective as a nasal spray, meaning it could be made more widely available, particularly to those outside the medical field. According to the WHO, the drug could save more than 20,000 lives each year in the US alone if it were more widely available. More...
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