Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

bathos

Definition:(noun) Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos.
Synonyms:mawkishness
Usage: The opera's conclusion was emotional to the point of bathos, with the soprano dying heroically to save her lover.
Article of the Day

Andrew Wyeth

Wyeth is an American painter whose work has been enormously popular and critically acclaimed since his first one-man show in 1937. His principal subjects are the people of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Cushing, Maine, portrayed in a meticulous naturalistic style. The best-known of Wyeth's paintings, Christina's World (1948), hangs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. What are his "Helga" pictures, and why did they generate a considerable amount of media buzz? More...
This Day in History

Constantinople Becomes Istanbul (1930)

The city now known as Istanbul was founded as the Greek colony of Byzantium in the 8th century BCE. Eventually passing to Alexander the Great, it became a free city under the Romans in the 1st century CE. Emperor Constantine I made the city the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire in 330, later naming it Constantinople. It remained the capital of the subsequent Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome in the late 5th century and then changed hands several times. Why was it renamed Istanbul in 1830? More...
Today's Birthday

Aristide Briand (1862)

Briand was a French statesman who served as premier of France 11 times and held 26 ministerial posts between 1906 and 1932. After World War I, he emerged as a leading advocate of international peace. As foreign minister from 1925 to 1932, he was the chief architect of the Locarno Pact and the Kellogg-Briand Pact. An impressive orator, Briand was a prominent figure in the League of Nations and advocated for a United States of Europe. With whom did he share the 1926 Nobel Prize for Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

collect (one's) wits

To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. More...
Today's Holiday

Easter Monday (2016)

Although Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week and the end of Lent, the following Monday (also known as Pasch Monday) is observed as a public holiday in many nations, perhaps to round off the long weekend that begins on Good Friday. In London, there is a big Easter parade in Hyde Park on this day. A curious English tradition associated at one time with Easter Monday involved "lifting" or "heaving." By crossing hands and grasping another person's wrists, the men would lift the women on Easter Monday, and, on Easter Tuesday, the women would lift the men. More...
In the News

Ford Cars Slow When They See Speed-Limit Signs

Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast. The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car ... More...
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