Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

encumbrance

Definition:(noun) Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome.
Synonyms:hindrance, preventive, interference, hitch
Usage: I had regarded his presence as an encumbrance to the expedition, but ... I am now well convinced that his power of endurance is as great as my own.
Article of the Day

The Kit-Cat Club

The Kit-Cat Club was an association of some of the best young writers and most prominent Whig politicians in early 18th-century London. Among the roughly four dozen members were figures such as Sir Robert Walpole, William Congreve, and Joseph Addison, in addition to a number of dukes. They first met in the tavern of Christopher Catling, whose mutton pies were called kit-cats. In its time, the club was well known for drinking toasts to notable women of the day. Who were some of those honored? 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
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

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

Proposal to Ban Drunkenness at UN Budget Debates

One would think it goes without saying that the people determining the budget of the world's leading international diplomatic organization should be sober when doing so, but apparently, it does not. Diplomats who have participated in the UN's budget debate sessions say that it is not uncommon to see delegates who are visibly drunk. It is apparently such a significant problem that a US ambassador to the UN has proposed making the negotiating rooms inebriation-free zones. More...
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