Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

lather

Definition:(noun) Agitation resulting from active worry.
Synonyms:fret, stew, swither, sweat
Usage: "I'm not going to get into a lather over this defeat," said the manager.
Article of the Day

"The Judgment"

"The Judgment" is a 1912 short story by Franz Kafka. He wrote it in a single sitting and described the experience as a creative outburst of the body and soul with the story emerging like a newborn "covered in filth and slime." He even allowed it to be published—most of his stories were only released posthumously. "The Judgment" focuses on a man named Georg Bendemann whose father condemns him to death by drowning, prompting Georg to jump off a bridge. What life events likely inspired Kafka? More...
This Day in History

The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

In his 1823 address to Congress, US President James Monroe laid out the terms of the American foreign policy that would become known as the Monroe Doctrine, effectively declaring the Western Hemisphere off-limits to European colonization. Concerned that European powers would attempt to restore Spain's former colonies, he declared that any attempt by a European power to control any nation in the Western Hemisphere would be viewed as a hostile act. How was the doctrine applied during the Cold War? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859)

Seurat was the French neoimpressionist painter who devised pointillism, the technique of juxtaposing tiny brushstrokes of contrasting colors. He used this method to create huge compositions, including his masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. One of the most intellectual artists of his time, Seurat influenced a return to deliberate design in painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. How long did it take him to complete his masterpiece? More...
Quotation of the Day
Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

United Arab Emirates National Day (2015)

This national holiday commemorates the December 2, 1971, expiration of a British treaty that inhibited self-rule for the sheikhdoms on the Persian Gulf in the eastern Arabian peninsula, and the union of seven of the sheikhdoms in the former Trucial States to become the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates' major cities celebrate National Day December 2 and 3. More...
In the News

Scientists Take Tongue Piercing to the Next Level

Tongue piercings are generally seen as a fashion statement, but thanks to some enterprising researchers, they can now give quadriplegics—peop le paralyzed from the neck down—the freedom to get around independently. The team has developed a wheelchair control system that is operated by the movements of a magnetic barbell pierced through the tongue. The system could offer users greater control and speed than existing technologies, like the sip-and-puff devices that are currently used to operate motorized wheelchairs. More...
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