Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015)
Word of the Day

formalism

Definition:(noun) A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content.
Synonyms:modernism
Usage: Many artists were still interested in depicting traditional narratives and came to find the doctrine of formalism limiting.
Article of the Day

Tiger's Eye

Tiger's eye is a yellow-brown, semiprecious chatoyant gemstone consisting of quartz with parallel veins of silicified altered crocidolite. The gems are usually cut en cabochon, meaning with a convex, rounded surface that is polished but unfaceted, in order to best display their chatoyancy. Notable sources of tiger's eye include the US, Canada, China, Brazil, Namibia, India and Burma. What is tiger iron? More...
This Day in History

The WPA Is Established (1935)

Part of US President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program, the Works Progress—later Projects—Administration aimed to stimulate the economy during the Great Depression and preserve the skills and self-respect of unemployed persons by providing them useful work. By the time it was terminated in 1943, the WPA had employed 8.5 million people and funded the construction of roads, buildings, bridges, parks, and airports—as well as the production of art. What did critics pejoratively call the WPA? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Pickford (1892)

One of the first movie stars, Pickford earned a reputation as "America's Sweetheart" by playing a series of innocent, curly-haired young women on the silent screen. She was also a shrewd businesswoman. After cofounding United Artists, she came to exert a profound influence on the film industry as one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. In 1927, she became one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For what role did Pickford win an Academy Award? More...
Quotation of the Day
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

Marie Celeste

A place, location, or high-occupancy vehicle (especially a ship) that is inexplicably deserted or abandoned. An allusion to the Mary Celeste, an American merchant brigatine that was discovered floating off the Azores Islands in 1872 with no one on board and still in seaworthy condition. (Note: The variant spelling of "Marie" is the more common usage for the idiomatic reference, likely due to its use in a story by Arthur Conan Doyle.) More...
Today's Holiday

Tater Days (2018)

Considered the oldest trade day in the U.S., Tater Days is now a celebration of the sweet potato in Benton, Kentucky. The event started in 1843 when sweet potatoes were a staple crop of the area. Today the "tater" is honored with a parade, flea market, gospel music, arts and crafts exhibits, and a Miss Tater Day contest. Most of the food served is some kind of sweet potato concoction. More...
In the News

France Bans Skinny Models

France has sent shock waves through the global fashion industry by passing a surprise law making it a criminal offence to employ dangerously skinny women on the catwalk. Under the new law, anyone running an agency found employing undernourished ... More...
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