Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

burble

Definition:(verb) Flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise.
Synonyms:guggle, gurgle, ripple, babble
Usage: The brook burbled over the smooth stones, splitting and rejoining as it meandered toward the larger creek.
Article of the Day

Installation Art

The 1960s and 70s ushered in a period of radical experimentation that touched many aspects of popular culture, particularly contemporary art. During that time, happenings, the Fluxus movement, the conceptual art movement, and installation art—site-specific art incorporating materials or physical features from its environment—all emerged on the scene. Which 19th-century composer developed a multimedia art form that can be seen as a precursor to the modern installation art movement? More...
This Day in History

Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (1962)

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy's birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of "Happy Birthday," substituting "Mr. President" for Kennedy's name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that she and Kennedy had engaged in an affair. The performance was one of Monroe's last major public appearances. What did Kennedy say about the song during the party? More...
Today's Birthday

Johns Hopkins (1795)

Hopkins, a US merchant and financier, worked with an uncle as a wholesale grocer before going into business with his brothers in 1819. As he continued to prosper, his interests diversified into banking, insurance companies, steamship lines, and railroads. In his will, he set aside $7 million—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time—for the founding of a free hospital and university in Baltimore, Maryland. His will also called for the establishment of what other institution? More...
Quotation of the Day
Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures ... are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

fire-breathing

(used as a modifier before a noun) Particularly ardent, vehement, or excoriating in speech or behavior. Likened to a dragon or other creature able to shoot streams of fire from its mouth. More...
Today's Holiday

Malcolm X's Birthday

Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an outspoken leader in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s. He converted to the Muslim faith while serving time in prison, and, upon his release, began touring the country on behalf of the Nation of Islam. During most of his career, Malcolm X advocated violence (for self-protection) and had a reputation for fanaticism and racism; however, he changed his outlook after his pilgrimage to Mecca. He was assassinated at a rally in Harlem shortly after. His birthday is still observed in most major American cities with a large African-American population. More...
In the News

UN Advocating Bugs as Food

In many parts of the world, insects are an accepted part of the cuisine, and it would behoove Westerners to welcome bugs into their diets as well. A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization concludes that insects are "underutilized" as food. They are good sources of protein and minerals, and their production produces fewer greenhouse gasses and is less land-dependent than the raising of livestock. Increasing our dependence on insects as a highly nutritious food source could help combat world hunger and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, even help reduce obesity. More...
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