Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

cognoscente

Definition:(noun) A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste.
Synonyms:connoisseur
Usage: I may not be a cognoscente of art, but I know talent when I see it, and this painter has it in spades.
Article of the Day

Technophobia

Technophobia—a fear of advanced technology—emerged alongside the mechanical innovations of the Industrial Revolution and became ever more pervasive as inventions ranging from the light bulb to the atomic bomb demonstrated technology's astounding capabilities. Mild technophobia is quite common—many experience it when facing an unfamiliar computer system at a new job. More acute technophobes see technology as inherently dangerous. What well-known novel was one of the first to tackle technophobia? More...
This Day in History

German Socialist Kurt Eisner Is Assassinated (1919)

Eisner was a German journalist and politician. From 1898, he was editor of Vorwärts, the official Social Democratic Party newspaper. He joined the Independent Social Democratic Party in 1917, later becoming its leader. In November 1918, he organized a Socialist revolution that overthrew the monarchy in Bavaria, and he became the first prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the new Bavarian republic. In February 1919, Eisner was assassinated while on his way to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrés Segovia (1893)

Segovia was a Spanish guitarist whose transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, along with his concerts and recordings, were largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its possibilities as a concert instrument. Almost entirely self-taught, he made his debut in Grenada in 1909 and by the 1920s was touring internationally. He continued to perform into his 90s. Which composers wrote works just for Segovia? More...
Quotation of the Day
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

Idiom of the Day

good omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of good fortune or a propitious outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feralia

This ancient Roman festival marked the culmination of a week-long celebration in honor of the manes, spirits of the dead. It began on February 13 with the Parentalia, a private celebration in honor of deceased family members, and ended on February 21 with a public celebration known as the Feralia. This was the day on which offerings and gifts were placed on the graves of the deceased and the anniversary of the funeral feast was celebrated. The Feralia was similar to the later Christian holiday, All Souls' Day. More...
In the News

Crocodiles Branch Out ... into Trees

When passing through crocodile country, it is not enough to look out for the carnivorous reptiles on land and in water; observations of crocs in Australia, Africa, and North America reveal that the resourceful creatures also take to the trees. Their physical features are not optimized for climbing, but this does not keep them from scaling trees so that they may observe their territory from a higher vantage point or simply bask in the sun. More...
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