Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

minatory

Definition:(adjective) Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.
Synonyms:menacing, ominous, sinister, baleful, forbidding
Usage: Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look.
Article of the Day

Thomas Gainsborough

Gainsborough was a British landscape and portrait painter. While he painted landscapes for pleasure, portraiture was his profession. In 1759, he moved to the fashionable spa of Bath, where his works would be seen by a wider—and wealthier—public. During that time, he developed a lucrative portrait practice and completed his famous The Blue Boy. He was a favorite of the royal family and appears to have been preferred above his rival, what other famous portrait painter? More...
This Day in History

Hubble Space Telescope Launched (1990)

The Hubble Space Telescope is the most sophisticated optical observatory ever placed into orbit around Earth, able to view star material some 10 to 12 billion light years away. Because it is above Earth's obscuring atmosphere, it can obtain images that are much brighter, clearer, and more detailed than ground-based telescope images. Although a defect in the primary mirror initially caused it to produce fuzzy images, a 1993 shuttle mission fixed this. What are some of Hubble's most famous images? More...
Today's Birthday

William Joyce (1906)

Born in the US and taken to the UK as a child, Joyce became involved with the fascist movement as a teen and fled to Germany before the outbreak of WWII. He remained there throughout the war, broadcasting Nazi propaganda in English from Berlin. He was captured by British soldiers in 1945 and, despite his American birth, was deemed subject to British jurisdiction because he held a British passport. He was convicted of treason and hanged. What urban legends about Joyce circulated during the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

God is in the detail(s)

Any action or plan one undertakes should be done carefully and pragmatically; attention to small details will ultimately yield the greatest results. More...
Today's Holiday

World's Biggest Fish Fry (2016)

A spring festival in Paris, Tennessee, the World's Biggest Fish Fry makes use of the catfish in nearby Kentucky Lake. The fish fry began in 1954, and by the next year more than 1,600 pounds of catfish were served. Now, some 13,000 pounds of catfish are cooked, and about 100,000 people show up to eat, fish, and look around. Events include a car show, arts and crafts exhibits, a two-hour parade, and the coronation of a Queen of the Tennessee Valley and a Junior King and Queen. Besides fried fish to eat, there are hush puppies—small deep-fat fried corn meal balls. More...
In the News

Glass-Half-Full Outlook Good for Heart

Studies suggest that optimistic, satisfied, and happy people have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Among the most optimistic individuals, risk was found to be 50 percent lower. While healthier people may tend to be happier people, researchers believe that a positive outlook can positively impact heart and cardiovascular health in a number of ways. Firstly, a sense of well-being could help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, people who are optimistic tend to be more inclined to engage in healthy behaviors like exercising and eating well. More...
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