Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 02, 2014)
Word of the Day

glorify

Definition:(verb) To honor with praise, admiration, or worship.
Synonyms:exalt, extol, laud, proclaim
Usage: People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
Article of the Day

Topiary

Topiary is the art of clipping or trimming live shrubs or trees into decorative shapes. The earliest topiary was probably the simple development of edgings, cones, columns, and spires to accent a garden scene. This architectural use gave way to elaborate shapes such as ships, hunters, and hounds. Although the fashion reached its height in 17th-century Britain, many topiary gardens are popular tourist destinations today. What writer's essay helped to undermine the topiary trend in Britain? 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
A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

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

Beware These Dangerous Toys

The US Public Interest Research Group has released its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report in time for the holiday shopping season. The consumer advocacy group lists 24 toys considered dangerous for children, including those that contain toxic chemicals and pose choking and strangulation hazards. Common dangers include high levels of lead and powerful magnets that can be ingested. The group warns that the list is just a sample of the potentially unsafe toys on the market, and recommends using the "toilet paper roll test" to determine if a toy is too small. More...
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