Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

bucolic

Definition:(adjective) Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic.
Synonyms:rustic, arcadian, pastoral
Usage: The illustrations in the book depicted pleasant, bucolic scenes with farmers happily toiling in the fields.
Article of the Day

Project Excelsior

As jets began flying higher and faster, the US Air Force became increasingly worried about the safety of its flight crew. Project Excelsior was initiated in 1958 to design a multi-stage parachute system that would allow a safe, controlled descent after a high-altitude ejection. In 1959 and 1960, Captain Joseph Kittinger made a series of high-altitude parachute jumps to test the new parachute system, setting three world records in the process. Who broke one of these records in 2012? 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
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

Scientists Debunk "Dumb Blonde" Myth

Contrary to the long-running joke, the stereotype of the "dumb blonde" is, well, just plain dumb, researchers report. The researchers found that women and men with natural blonde hair had IQ scores similar to people with other hair colors. And, women ... More...
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