Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

incarcerate

Definition:(verb) Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail.
Synonyms:immure, imprison, jail, jug, put behind bars, remand, lag, put away
Usage: It can cost $50,000 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year.
Article of the Day

The Arnolfini Portrait

The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) by Jan van Eyck is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in Western art history. It depicts a wealthy merchant, long thought to be Giovanni Arnolfini, and his wife. The incredible detail, realism, and use of light make this work remarkable, but it also stands out for the debate that it has inspired over the symbolism of certain elements, including the one lit candle in the chandelier, van Eyck's unusually placed signature, and what else? More...
This Day in History

16 May 1877 Crisis (1877)

On May 16, 1877—le Seize Mai—French Republic president Marie MacMahon, a monarchist, attempted to rescue the monarchical cause by dismissing the republican prime minister and replacing him with a monarchist leader and cabinet. When the Chamber of Deputies rejected the new government, MacMahon dissolved parliament and ordered new elections, precipitating a crisis. His efforts spectacularly backfired, however, when the republicans triumphantly returned to government through what means? More...
Today's Birthday

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (1919)

Liberace began playing piano at the age of 4, and by 16, he had appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He soon began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos, and though he occasionally performed with symphony orchestras, he built his career primarily upon popular music. Hugely successful, he hosted a television variety series, and, in later years, performed frequently in Las Vegas. During what decades was he said to be the world's highest paid entertainer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

false modesty

A vain or hypocritical pretense of holding a low or humble opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance so as to encourage others to say the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

Whit Monday (2016)

The day after Whitsunday (Pentecost) is known as Whit Monday. The week that includes these two holidays, beginning on Whitsunday and ending the following Saturday, is called Whitsuntide. In the period from 1835 to just after the Civil War, Whit Monday was referred to as the "Dutch Fourth of July" in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where rural people came to eat, drink, and be entertained. In Lenhartsville, another Pennsylvania Dutch town, Whit Monday was known as Battalion Day, and it was characterized by music, dancing, and military musters. More...
In the News

One in Seven Strokes Strikes During Sleep

Emergency room records from two US states show that, in 2005, about 15 percent of strokes took place while patients were sleeping. This is problematic because tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-dissolving enzyme, is only administered within hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Sleeping stroke victims do not know when their strokes began, and so they cannot receive the drug if they were asleep for more than four and a half hours before awakening with symptoms. It is therefore important to try to find a way to estimate when wake-up strokes actually occurred, so that doctors can administer the treatment to patients who qualify for it. More...
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