Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

compensable

Definition:(adjective) Being such as to entitle or warrant compensation.
Synonyms:remunerative, paying, salaried, stipendiary
Usage: Once I traded my unpaid internship for a compensable job, I was able to move out of my parents' house into a place of my own.
Article of the Day

What a Relief!

In sculpture, the term "relief" refers to any work in which the figures project from a flat background. In alto-relievo, or high relief, the protrusion is great. Basso-relievo, or bas-relief, protrudes only slightly. Mezzo-relievo is intermediate between the two. Ancient Egyptian and Etruscan art also features cavo-relievo, literally "hollow relief," in which the design is incised deeper than the background. What commonplace item found in many of our pockets features bas-relief? More...
This Day in History

La Marseillaise, French National Anthem, Is Composed (1792)

Written and composed by French army officer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, La Marseillaise was adopted in 1795 as France's first anthem. Although it was then banned by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, it was restored as France's national anthem in 1879. The evocative lyrics and recognizable tune of La Marseillaise have led to its use as a revolutionary anthem and have inspired many pieces of classical music and pop culture. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald (1917)

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket-A Tasket," in 1938 and went on to become one of the best-selling vocal recording artists in history and a 14-time Grammy Award winner. In 1960, she made a famous live recording in which she improvised new lyrics to a song after forgetting the original ones. The performance earned her a Grammy. What song was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the substance.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

dirty money

Money that is obtained or earned through illicit or illegal means, especially thievery, bribery, forgery, or money laundering. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Liberation Day (2016)

Liberation Day, or Liberty Day, is a public holiday commemorating the military coup on this day in 1974 that removed Marcello Caetano (1906-1980) from power, reflecting the opposition of many Portuguese to their government's military policies and wars in Africa. More...
In the News

Blood on Handkerchief Likely Not Royal

A handkerchief long thought to be stained with the blood of guillotined French King Louis XVI is likely inauthentic. DNA analysis of the blood on the cloth suggests it most likely belonged to a brown-eyed, average-height person, whereas the king had blue eyes and was quite tall for his time. The genetics also point to French and Italian lineage, while many of Louis XVI's ancestors came from Germany and Poland. Why then was the handkerchief stored in an elaborately decorated gourd bearing the inscription, "On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation"? One theory is that a fraudster created the fake relic for money. More...
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