Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

seemly

Definition:(adjective) Conforming to standards of conduct and good taste; suitable.
Synonyms:becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous
Usage: Her friends think it is not seemly for her to be dating a man half her age, but she only cares that he makes her happy.
Article of the Day

Freeway Revolts

Following World War II, developed nations such as the US and Canada underwent rapid suburbanization. In response, governments planned massive road-building projects. However, many of the projects entailed destroying or dividing neighborhoods, and in the 1960s and 70s, some residents began to resist them. Due to public opposition, many projects were canceled—occasionally resulting in abandoned stretches of unfinished roadway that remain unused today. Where are some of these "roads to nowhere"? More...
This Day in History

UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world's most translated document. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights, as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights—all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. Since its adoption, it has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Dickinson (1830)

Dickinson is widely considered one of the greatest American poets. After attending Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Seminary, she returned to her family home and spent the rest of her life there, writing. By 1860, she was boldly experimenting with language. Few of her poems were published in her lifetime, but after her death, her cache of poems was discovered, and heavily edited collections were published starting in 1890. It was not until what year that an unaltered collection was published? More...
Quotation of the Day
Enthusiasm, n.: A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have the wind up

To be very anxious, upset, or frightened. More...
Today's Holiday

Gita Jayanti (2016)

The birthday of the Bhagavad Gita—a Sanskrit poem relating a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna—is celebrated by reading and reciting passages from the Gita and by holding discussions on its philosophical aspects. This is also a day on which Hindus fast and worship Krishna. Some texts assert that on the 11th day of the waxing half of Margasirsa, Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the sacred lore of the Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and thus made available to the entire human race the poem often referred to as the "Song Celestial." More...
In the News

Waste Not, Want Not with Long-Lasting Bread

The average American family throws away 40% of the food it purchases, and similar trends exist in most other developed countries. For example, an estimated 32% of bread purchased in the UK ends up in the trash. One of the major reasons bread goes uneaten is mold growth, which tends to begin within a week and a half of a loaf's production. To curb food waste, one company has developed a specialized microwave that prevents mold growth on food for extended periods of time. Developers say that the device can keep bread mold-free for two months but acknowledge that convincing consumers to eat such long-lasting bread might pose a challenge. More...
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