Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

mendacious

Definition:(adjective) Lying; untruthful.
Synonyms:dishonest, deceptive, deceitful, duplicitous
Usage: She was more upset with the mendacious child for his dishonesty than his initial misbehavior.
Article of the Day

Phonetics

Phonetics is the study of the sounds of languages. This branch of linguistics focuses on the production, perception, and analysis of speech sounds from both a physiological and an acoustic point of view. Phonetics is not a new discipline—the first phoneticians were Indian scholars working to preserve the pronunciation of Sanskrit holy texts around 300 BCE, and the Classical Greeks are credited with the first writing system based on a phonetic alphabet. What is a phoneme? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of Lhotse (1956)

Reaching 27,890 ft (8,501 m), Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth. Tibetan for "south peak," it is located in the Himalayas on the Nepal-Tibet border and is connected to Mount Everest by a 25,000-ft (7,620-m) ridge. The first ascent of the mountain was made by Swiss climbers Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss in 1956. Thirty years later, what mountaineer summited Lhotse, becoming the first climber to have ascended all 14 mountains on Earth that peak more than 8,000 m above sea level? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Käsebier (1852)

Käsebier was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century and a promoter of photography as a career for women. She photographed famous figures like the sculptor Auguste Rodin and American showman Buffalo Bill, but she is best known for her evocative images of motherhood and portraits of Native Americans. In 1899, Alfred Stieglitz declared her "the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day," but a decade later, he was speaking out against her work. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

final cut

The completed and finalized edited version of a film, as authorized by its director and producer. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2016)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. The next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

Exercise Critical for Women's Heart Health

Lack of exercise is the number one risk factor for heart disease in women over the age of 30. Inactivity surpasses even obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure as a risk factor, a fact that might come as a surprise to most women. This does not mean that these other factors should be ignored, but it does highlight the importance of incorporating physical activity into one's daily routine. Exercising 30 to 45 minutes a day can cut a woman's heart disease risk in half. More...
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