Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

politesse

Definition:(noun) Courteous formality; politeness.
Synonyms:chivalry, gallantry
Usage: Carl held the door for Ashley as they entered the restaurant, and she was immediately impressed with his politesse.
Article of the Day

Courtly Love

Courtly love was a medieval European philosophy of nobly and chivalrously expressing one’s love for a noblewoman, who was often married to another. This form of adulterous, romantic love arose in part because upper-class marriages at the time were generally arranged for economic or political purposes. Its exact origins are obscure, but its literary origins are traceable to the works of Ovid and the troubadours, whose songs bore Middle Eastern ideas about love. Who else wrote about courtly love? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Los Angeles (1942)

The "Battle of Los Angeles" is the name given by contemporary sources to the imaginary enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage that took place over Los Angeles, California, just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Reports of an imminent strike on the city led to the sounding of air raid sirens, the imposition of a blackout, and the firing of 1,400 shells at supposed Japanese aircraft, killing several US civilians. What may have actually prompted the bombardment? More...
Today's Birthday

Winslow Homer (1836)

A preeminent figure in American art, Homer was a largely self-taught landscape painter and printmaker. He trained as a lithographer, then became a freelance illustrator. As a correspondent for Harper's Weekly, he won international acclaim for his depictions of the Civil War battlefront. In 1876, he abandoned illustration to devote himself to painting, later settling in coastal Maine, where the local people and seascapes became the focus of his art. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

ace (something)

To do exceptionally well in something, especially an exam or other high-pressure situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Estonia Independence Day

On this day in 1918, Estonia issued a declaration of independence from the new Soviet Russia, which was followed by war with the Soviets to maintain Estonian liberty. Following a strong independence movement during the late 1980s, Estonia officially declared its independence from the former USSR on August 20, 1991, a day which is also commemorated with a public holiday. On September 6, independence was formally recognized by the former Soviet Union. Estonians celebrate their Independence Day with a parade, church services, speeches, and concerts in the capital city, Tallinn. More...
In the News

New Spin on Mystery Meat

Dutch scientists say they are well on their way to creating the world's first—and most expensive—lab-grown hamburger. Using cow stem cells, the researchers have been able to grow several small pieces of beef muscle, which will be mixed with blood and fat to create a more authentic meat product. By the end of this year, they expect to have created an edible, though likely bland tasting, lab-grown hamburger. They will eventually improve on the taste and expect that in time the process will become more cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly than raising livestock for food production. More...
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