Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

anchorite

Definition:(noun) A person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
Synonyms:hermit
Usage: He lived in Paris more lonely than an anchorite in the deserts of Thebes.
Article of the Day

Zouaves

The original Zouaves of the early 1800s were members of elite French military units in North Africa. Usually Algerian recruits, they were recognized for their distinctive, colorful uniforms and precision drilling. They were well known in their day, and at the dawn of the American Civil War, a Zouave craze swept the US. Dozens of "Zouave" units sprang up on both sides of the conflict. Their uniforms, modeled after traditional Zouave attire, were not well suited to the conflict. Why? More...
This Day in History

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (1994)

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. was a landmark US Supreme Court case on intellectual property in which the court reviewed whether a parody of Roy Orbison's song, "Oh, Pretty Woman," by a rap group violated the Copyright Act of 1976. The court of appeals held that the parody did not constitute fair use, but the Supreme Court disagreed, holding that the commercial character of the song did not create a presumption that the parody violated fair use. What rap group recorded the parody? More...
Today's Birthday

Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondrian (1872)

Mondrian was a Dutch painter whose work foreshadowed the rise of abstract art in the 1940s and 1950s. He went to Paris in 1910 where he developed his geometric, nonobjective style, which he called neoplasticism. It is characterized by the elimination of sensuality from artwork and the restriction of pictorial language to its most basic elements—the straight line, primary colors, and the neutrals of black, white, and gray. Along with Theo van Doesburg, Mondrian was a leader of what art movement? More...
Quotation of the Day
There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

big break

A fortuitous moment, opportunity, or turn of events of great consequence, especially as relates to one's career. More...
Today's Holiday

Magellan Day

The island of Guam, largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 3,000 miles west of Hawaii, was found on this date in 1521 by the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan. The island was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and was later ceded to the US as a prize at the end of the Spanish-American War. Today, Guam is the site of major US military installations. Guamanians celebrate their island's founding with an official holiday on the first Monday in March with fiestas and sailboating. This day is also known as Discovery Day. More...
In the News

Moon Might Be To Blame for Titanic Disaster

It is a widely known fact that a collision with an iceberg caused the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, but scientists now believe that the Moon may share some of the blame for the disaster. Months earlier, the Moon made its closest approach to Earth in 1,400 years just one day after the Earth made its closest approach to the Sun in a year. This may have produced unusually high tides that allowed many large icebergs to break free of Greenland and make their way into the ship's path. More...
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