Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

hieratic

Definition:(adjective) Of or associated with sacred persons or offices.
Synonyms:priestly, sacerdotal
Usage: The laws did not apply to the heratic class, whose members were held as nearly gods.
Article of the Day

Lego

Lego is a line of toys featuring colorful plastic bricks, gears, and minifigures that can be assembled to create models of almost anything imaginable. The company had very humble beginnings in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a poor carpenter from Denmark, but today manufactures about 20 billion bricks a year. A substantial fan culture has developed that has used the toys to build such things as a harpsichord, a pendulum clock, and an electronic lab kit. What does "Lego" mean? More...
This Day in History

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hold Their First Bed-In for Peace (1969)

Five days after John Lennon of the Beatles married the Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, the couple held the first of two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace as a non-violent way of protesting war and promoting peace. For the first Bed-In, the couple invited members of the press into their Amsterdam hotel room and then sat in bed and talked about peace. Months later, they held their second Bed-In in Montreal. What hit song did they record during the second Bed-In? More...
Today's Birthday

Béla Bartók (1881)

Bartók was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, and collector of folk music. In 1904, having discovered that the folk-music repertory generally accepted as Hungarian was in fact largely urban Roma—Gypsy—music, he set about researching Hungarian folk music. He worked folk themes and rhythms into his own music, achieving a style that was at once nationalistic and deeply personal. What surprising discoveries did he make in his study of folk music? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

castles in the sky

Dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

Greece Independence Day

This national holiday in Greece celebrates the anniversary of the country's proclamation of independence in 1821 after four centuries of Turkish occupation. The war that followed went on until 1829, when finally the Turkish sultan recognized the independence of Greece. The day is marked with church services and military parades—an especially impressive parade is held in Athens. Greek communities in other parts of the world also observe the day. In New York City, Greece Independence Day is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to March 25 with a parade up Fifth Avenue. More...
In the News

50 Years Ago, a Gemini Astronaut Smuggled a Sandwich into Space

Gemini 3, NASA's first two-man space mission, launched 50 years ago yesterday. With it, an unauthorized deli sandwich found its way into orbit—provoking the ire of Congress in the process. A corned ... More...
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