Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

detractor

Definition:(noun) One who disparages or belittles the worth of something.
Synonyms:depreciator, disparager, knocker
Usage: His stellar performance silenced many of his detractors.
Article of the Day

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are service dogs that have been specially trained to help the visually impaired safely navigate their environments. The first school for guide dogs was established by the German government after World War I to provide service dogs to blinded veterans. Schools now exist in several European countries and in the US, where the pioneer Seeing Eye, Inc., founded by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in 1929, is one of the best known. What breeds are most frequently trained to be guide dogs? More...
This Day in History

Albania Declares Independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

The Ottoman Turks conquered Albania around 1400 and ruled the country for more than 400 years. It was not until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued in 1912. Although Serbia showed intentions of annexing a large part of Albania in order to gain an outlet on the Adriatic, the move was opposed by Austria-Hungary, Italy, and the Albanians. On November 28, 1912, Albanian independence was declared by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

William Blake (1757)

Blake was an English poet and artist. Trained as an engraver, he opened a print shop in 1784 and developed an innovative technique for engraving illustrations and text on the same plate and for producing colored engravings. Blake's paintings, engravings, and illustrated books of poetry feature detailed images of realistic natural forms as well as fanciful creatures. He lived on the edge of poverty, was considered mad, and died in neglect. When did he finally gain recognition as a visionary? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

good enough for jazz

Sufficient to suit the purpose(s) at hand without needing to be perfect. More...
Today's Holiday

Timor-Leste Proclamation of Independence Day (2016)

After the East Timorese declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975, it took over two decades to fulfill the promise of freedom. Their plans were foiled by Indonesia, which carried out its own occupation of its neighbor between 1975 and 1999. Observances for the November 28 anniversary honor the veterans of the independence movement. State leaders and other dignitaries usually participate in a parade, and the president of the country often bestows medals of honor to distinguish individuals who fought for the country's freedom. More...
In the News

Watchmakers Wound Up about Watch Face Downloads

Many of those who have traded their traditional wristwatch for a smartwatch still want the look of an old-fashioned timepiece, and several websites now offer downloads of virtual faces. But the rise of downloadable watch faces has led many watch manufacturers to begin to crack down on the virtual copies of their designs. According to recent reports, several high-profile watch manufacturers recently sent legal notices to watch face download sites requesting that their designs be removed. More...
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