Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 29, 2014)
Word of the Day

multifaceted

Definition:(adjective) Having many aspects.
Synonyms:multifarious, many-sided
Usage: This is a multifaceted problem and cannot be solved by a singular approach.
Article of the Day

The Corset

A corset is a garment worn to mold the torso into a certain shape for orthopedic reasons or, more commonly, to shrink the waist and exaggerate the bust for aesthetic reasons. It dates to at least 2000 BCE, when it was worn as an outer garment in Minoan Crete. By the 16th century, it had become a tight inner bodice stiffened with whalebone, wood, or steel. After some 4,000 years of use, corsets largely fell out of fashion in the 1920s. What is the record for smallest corseted waist size? More...
This Day in History

Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)

Founded in 1897 by Ransom Olds, Oldsmobile—not Ford—was the first company to mass produce automobiles. After it became part of General Motors in 1908, it shifted to making luxury vehicles. Sales soared in the 1970s and 80s—the Cutlass was the top-selling car in America in 1976—but by the 90s, Oldsmobile had lost its market to other GM divisions. Amid declining profitability, GM discontinued the line in 2004 after 107 years. The first Oldsmobile was the Curved Dash. What was the last? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (1957)

The son of a British poet laureate and an actress, Day-Lewis is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed actors today. He is also one of the most selective, working only sporadically and maintaining a low profile between films. The intense method actor has won two Academy Awards for best actor, for 1989's My Left Foot and 2007's There Will Be Blood, and is known for his diverse and convincing roles. In 1997, he disappeared and became an apprentice in Italy—in what trade? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life's more amusing than we thought.

Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

Idiom of the Day

in plain view

In full, unrestricted view; visibly, openly, or publicly. More...
Today's Holiday

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (2017)

A 10-day feast for the ears, the eyes, and the stomach held in New Orleans, Louisiana, this festival brings together thousands of musicians, artisans, and cooks who do their thing for more than half a million visitors. The concerts feature not only traditional and contemporary jazz, but also other music forms developed in New Orleans: ragtime, country, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, folk, and Latin. Food tents serve a multitude of indigenous foods, such as jambalaya, andouille, crawfish bisque, gumbo, frog legs, and so on. Hundreds of artisans also display their crafts. More...
In the News

"Fat Shaming" May Contribute to Weight Gain

Telling a girl she is fat to encourage her to lose weight may actually have the opposite effect. A nine-year study of about 2,000 girls found that those who had been told they were too fat by a parent, sibling, peer, or teacher by the age of 10 (more than half of the girls in the study) were more likely to be obese by the time they were 20. Young people who feel shamed or stigmatized about their weight are vulnerable to a range of negative psychological and physical issues, and it stands to reason that negative weight labels, like "fat," contribute to this process. More...
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