Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

beatific

Definition:(adjective) Marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint.
Synonyms:angelic, saintly
Usage: As I focused on her beatific smile, I found my anxiety lifting, and in its place there was utter calm.
Article of the Day

Fakir

As wandering religious devotees who embrace poverty and asceticism, Muslim fakirs are similar to the mendicant friars of the Christian tradition. They belong to brotherhoods of Sufi mystics. New disciples are typically bound to an individual teacher and follow an extensive initiation regimen that might include seclusion, sleep deprivation, and fasting. Often regarded as holy men with miraculous powers, fakirs subsist on alms. Whom did Winston Churchill once accuse of posing as a fakir? More...
This Day in History

Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens in New York City (1872)

"The Met" is the foremost repository of art in the US, with a collection of more than two million works of art. Established for the purpose of encouraging the study of fine art, the museum opened in 1872 with just one stone sarcophagus and 174 paintings. However, the collection quickly outgrew its gallery space and in 1880 was moved to its iconic present-day location on the eastern edge of Central Park. In recent decades, the Met has used what controversial practice to acquire high-quality art? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansel Adams (1902)

Adams was an American photographer famous for his black-and-white landscape photographs and for his many books about photography, including a series of technical instruction manuals: The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. He invented the "zone system," a technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, and advocated a more sharply focused and composed style of photography than was in vogue at the time. What initially spurred his interest in photography? More...
Quotation of the Day
Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

heavy-footed

Clumsy, ponderous, or lumbering in gait or tread. More...
Today's Holiday

Presidents' Day (2017)

The passage of Public Law 90-363 in 1968, also known as the "Monday Holiday Law," changed the observance of Washington's Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Because it occurs so soon after Lincoln's Birthday, many states—such as Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—combine the two holidays and call it Presidents' Day or Washington-Lincoln Day. Some regard it as a day to honor all former presidents of the United States. More...
In the News

Security Company Says Chinese Military Behind Hacking

A US computer security company is alleging that a Chinese military unit—Unit 61398—is one of the world's "most prolific cyber espionage groups" and is responsible for stealing hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations around the globe. In a 74-page report, Mandiant details its findings regarding a group it has dubbed APT1, or Advanced Persistent Threat 1, which has engaged in a sweeping campaign of cyber espionage since at least 2006. The company claims that it has traced APT1's activities to a building in China occupied by Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army. China denies the accusations. More...
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