Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

wrapper

Definition:(noun) A loose dressing gown for women.
Synonyms:housecoat, negligee, peignoir
Usage: She wore a faded old wrapper, and her gray hair was decidedly untidy.
Article of the Day

Jean Duvet

Born in 1485, Duvet was a French engraver and goldsmith. His most famous works are two dozen engravings in a series depicting scenes from the biblical Apocalypse. Published in 1561, the engravings do not depict space or proportion realistically. Rather, they have a distinctive style that is crowded, urgent, and intense, as every available space is filled with detail. Duvet, whose printmaking style is often compared to that of William Blake, began his career copying prints by what artists? More...
This Day in History

Euro Disney Resort, Now Disneyland Paris, Opens (1992)

Disneyland Paris is a resort complex located in the suburbs of Paris, France. Opened in 1992 as Euro Disney Resort, it features two theme parks, an entertainment district, and seven hotels. Initially, park attendance, hotel occupancy, and revenues fell below projections, but things began to turn around in 1995, with Euro Disney S.C.A. reporting its first quarterly profit. Today, the resort is one of Europe's leading tourist destinations. What were some of the objections to building this resort? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748)

A member of the French de Jussieu family of distinguished botanists, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu categorized plants into families and developed a system of plant classification. He elaborated on the system of classification of his uncle, Bernard de Jussieu, in Genera plantarum, a work which influenced later systems of classification. He was professor at the Museum of Natural History, Paris, and organized its botanical collection. What other members of the de Jussieu family were botanists? More...
Quotation of the Day
What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

damn the torpedoes

To press on with a task or current course of action regardless of apparent risks or dangers. Attributed to David Farragut of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, usually paraphrased as "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The actual order (if it ever existed) was: "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!" More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia National Redemption Day

On April 12, 1980, 13 soldiers stormed Liberia's executive mansion, killing William R. Tolbert and 26 other government leaders. After the massacre, 13 cabinet members were publicly executed. The soldiers were led by Samuel Kanyon Doe, who immediately set up a military regime called the People's Redemption Council. He also declared April 12 National Redemption Day; for Doe's political opponents, National Redemption Day was a time to memorialize the many individuals who were killed in 1980. Today, many Liberians observe the anniversary by remembering the slain. More...
In the News

Mother Finds "Miracle Baby" Alive in Coffin

Despite having spent 12 hours in a morgue refrigerator, tiny Luz Milagros Bouter, or "Miracle Light" Bouter, born three months premature in an Argentine hospital and declared stillborn, is very much alive. When she was delivered a little over a week ago, medical staff failed to detect any signs of life and had her placed in a coffin and brought to the hospital's morgue. She lay there for 12 hours before her mother was allowed to come in and say her goodbyes. The baby chose that moment to cry out, alerting her mother to the fact that she was alive. An investigation is underway, and five of the medical professionals involved in the case have been suspended. More...
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