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

John Brown Hanged for Raid on Harpers Ferry (1859)

Brown was a radical US abolitionist who advocated armed action to end slavery. He and his supporters murdered five proslavery settlers in Kansas in 1856, and three years later he tried to start an armed liberation movement among slaves by seizing the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, intending to arm local slaves with its weapons. His small force was soon overpowered, and Brown was captured, tried for treason, convicted, and hanged. What went wrong during the raid? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Dix (1891)

A German painter and printmaker, Dix fought in World War I and returned haunted by what he had witnessed. After experimenting with Impressionism and Dada, he arrived at Expressionism and began producing works depicting nightmarish scenes of the horrors of war and the depravities of a decadent society. His antimilitary works aroused the wrath of the Nazi regime and he was dismissed from his academic posts in 1933. On what charges was he arrested in 1939? 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)

Idiom of the Day

guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Gospel Day (2016)

Gospel Day in the Marshall Islands is similar to Thanksgiving day in the US. The Marshallese people attend church on this day to commemorate the first missionaries who brought the light of God to the Marshall Islands. The largest church in the Marshall Islands is the United Church of Christ; however, many other Protestant denominations have churches in the Marshall Islands, including Assembly of God, Baptist, and Seventh Day Adventists. In addition, the Catholic Church has established a strong presence in the islands. 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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