Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

indigent

Definition:(adjective) So poor as to lack even necessities; very needy.
Synonyms:destitute, impoverished, necessitous, poverty-stricken
Usage: As we drove through the slum, our car was mobbed by indigent children begging for money.
Article of the Day

Gregorian Chant

Gregorian chant is also known as plainchant or plainsong and is a form of monophonic, unaccompanied singing. It was developed in the Catholic church, mainly during the period 800-1000, and is based on Eastern models of Byzantine chant. Gregorian chant takes its name from Pope St. Gregory the Great, who is believed to have brought it to the West. In what ways is Gregorian chant different from modern music? More...
This Day in History

René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Murdered by His Own Men (1687)

La Salle was a celebrated French explorer of North America. He began exploring the Great Lakes in 1679, setting up forts in the region and organizing a federation of native American tribes to fight the Iroquois. Given power to colonize the region between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico, he set sail in 1684 for the mouth of the Mississippi River, which he was ultimately unable to locate. Beset by losses of men and ships, La Salle was killed by mutineers after having mistakenly landed where? More...
Today's Birthday

Wyatt Earp (1848)

Earp was an American frontiersman. In the 1870s, he worked as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, where he befriended gunmen Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. He later worked as a guard for Wells, Fargo & Company. By 1881, he had moved to Tombstone, Arizona, living as a gambler and a saloon guard. His brother Virgil became town marshal, and his other brothers bought real estate and businesses. A feud with the Clanton gang ended in a shootout at the O.K. Corral, where what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Idiom of the Day

a week is a long time in politics

Due to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape, the fortunes of a politician or political group can change drastically just in the course of a single week. The phrase is attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, c. 1964. More...
Today's Holiday

The Russell Auction (2016)

The C. M. Russell Auction features an art auction, a celebration of western artist Charles M. Russell, and a western-style good time in Great Falls, Montana, where Russell had his home and studio. The affair began in 1969 to raise money for the C. M. Russell Museum. Events include seminars, dance demonstrations by the Blackfeet Indians, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture of western artists and an auction of their works, and a Quick Draw, in which artists have 30 minutes to draw any subject they want. Their quick draws are then auctioned. More...
In the News

Playground Benches: Helpful or Harmful?

Getting adults up and moving may be as simple as removing benches from playgrounds. Researchers found that removing seating from children's playgrounds increased the amount of exercise adults got as they supervised the youngsters in their care. When the benches were removed from one playground, adults were 23 times more likely to engage in moderate to vigorous activity than when the benches were present, and they were no more likely to cut their children's playtime short as a result of the lack of seating. More...
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