Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

miserly

Definition:(adjective) (Used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity.
Synonyms:mingy, tight, mean
Usage: The necessity of disbursing passage money for all his tribe seemed to disturb him in a manner that was the more striking because otherwise he gave no signs of a miserly disposition.
Article of the Day

Arcology

A portmanteau of the words "architecture" and "ecology," arcology refers to a set of architectural principles concerning the design of enormous habitats meant to accommodate an extremely high human population density. These largely hypothetical "hyperstructures" are designed to contain a variety of residential, commercial, and agricultural facilities intended to minimize individual human environmental impact. What existing structures incorporate principles of arcology in their design? More...
This Day in History

The Barber of Seville's Disastrous Debut (1816)

In 1816, Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini produced The Barber of Seville, based on the comedy by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. Though Rossini created much of the opera's music in just weeks, it resounds with his brilliant arias, ensemble numbers, and famous crescendos. Still, several on-stage accidents and constant jeers from the audience, likely spurred by supporters of one of Rossini's rivals, made its debut in Rome a disaster. What happened during the second performance? More...
Today's Birthday

Kurt Cobain (1967)

Cobain formed the rock trio Nirvana in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in 1986. The group's second album, Nevermind, featured the iconic hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and was the first punk-oriented album to achieve popularity with a mainstream audience. However, Cobain railed against his fame in Nirvana's next album, In Utero. Known for his self-destructive behavior and heroin use, he committed suicide in 1994. What tribute to Cobain is featured on a sign in his hometown? More...
Quotation of the Day
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

funny feeling

An intuition or premonition about something; a sense of foreknowledge about a situation, condition, or set of circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Second Week of Lent

It wasn't until the 9th century that the Lenten season, called the Great Lent in the East to differentiate it from the Advent fast called Little Lent, was fixed at 40 days (with Sundays omitted). For centuries, the Lenten season has been observed with certain periods of strict fasting, as well as giving up something—a favorite food or other worldly pleasure—for the 40 days of Lent. Celebrations such as Carnival and Mardi Gras offered Christians their last opportunities to indulge before the rigorous Lenten restrictions. More...
In the News

Ancient Britons Fashioned Cups from Skulls

Skeletal remains unearthed in southwest England suggest that ancient Britons engaged in cannibalism and used human skulls as bowls for eating and drinking. The three 14,700-year-old human skulls had been meticulously cleaned of soft tissue, cut to remove the base and facial bones, and smoothed at the edges, a painstaking process that suggests they were part of some symbolic ritual. Researchers also found some evidence indicating that flesh and bone marrow from the skulls had been eaten. More...
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