Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

abscond

Definition:(verb) To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
Synonyms:go off, run off, decamp, bolt
Usage: Just as the case was about to go to trial, the lawyer panicked and absconded with his client's money.
Article of the Day

Giacomo Puccini

Puccini was an Italian composer of operas and a leading exponent of the realistic, verismo style. Born into a family of musicians, he studied piano and organ in his hometown before entering the Milan Conservatory in 1880. His famous operas, which remain exceedingly popular to this day, include La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. His death in 1924 is often cited as the end of grand opera. Complications from what experimental medical treatment hastened his death? 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
It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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

Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria

"In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Three ships set out on this historic voyage, the Santa María, the Niña, and the Pinta, but only two returned. The Santa María ran aground on a reef near Haiti on Christmas Day and was stripped of its timbers for use in building a small fort, La Navidad, on the island—the first European settlement in the New World. Now, more than 500 years later, the remains of the famous ship may have been located. Further investigation is needed to conclusively identify the wreck, but its size and location are consistent with historic records. More...
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