Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

demitasse

Definition:(noun) Small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream.
Synonyms:cafe noir
Usage: He began to frequent another cafe, where more newspapers were taken and his postprandial demitasse cost him a penny extra.
Article of the Day

The Divine Right of Kings

The divine right of kings is the belief that kings derive their right to rule by the will of God—regardless of the approval of any earthly authority. According to this doctrine, the king's authority is inherited from his ancestors, whom God appointed to rule. Because such a king answers only to God, resistance to him is seen as sinful. James I of England strongly promoted the concept in the early 1600s, and the coronation ceremony for British monarchs still contains what hints of the doctrine? More...
This Day in History

George Bizet's Carmen Premieres in Paris (1875)

Though it is today one of the most popular operas ever written, Carmen was initially met with such scathing reviews that the opera house had to give away tickets to get people to see it. Shortly after its disastrous premiere, its author, Bizet, died of a heart attack and the director of the struggling opera house resigned. Later that year, however, Carmen opened in Vienna to wide acclaim. Why did critics initially hate Bizet's story of a soldier's doomed love for a wild Gypsy girl? More...
Today's Birthday

George Mortimer Pullman (1831)

Pullman was a successful American industrialist and the inventor of the railroad sleeping car. In 1893, he built a company town for his workers in Illinois, and it was showcased in the World's Fair as a grand social experiment. The next year, the town of Pullman was the scene of a violent workers' strike that nearly halted US rail traffic. When Pullman died in 1897, he had to be buried in a massive steel-and-concrete vault to keep activists from disinterring his body. What happened to his town? More...
Quotation of the Day
If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Idiom of the Day

hit the big time

To become very famous or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia National Culture Day (2017)

This event was created in 1999 by the Cambodian government as a way to promote the country's arts and culture. The yearly event is composed of displays, exhibits, live theatrical performances, and conferences held throughout the country. The festival honors the living elder masters in different artistic and cultural fields. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts coordinates many of the events and uses the occasion to take stock of Cambodia's cultural infrastructure, including its historic temples, pagodas, and other landmarks important to the country's heritage and tourism. More...
In the News

First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails

Sadly, the world's first ever quadruple limb transplant has failed and the patient has died. Just over a week ago, the 27-year-old patient underwent a grueling 20-hour procedure to replace both of his arms and legs, which he lost in an accident in 1998. Doctors struggled to keep him alive following the transplant, but metabolic complications forced them to remove the limbs in the days that followed. Despite their exhaustive efforts, the patient died on Monday. More...
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