Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

deface

Definition:(verb) Mar or spoil the appearance of.
Synonyms:blemish, disfigure
Usage: The vandals defaced the statue by drawing a mustache on it.
Article of the Day

À rebours

À rebours is an 1884 novel by French author Joris-Karl Huysmans. Translated as Against Nature or Against the Grain, the novel follows Jean Des Esseintes, the last member of a noble family. Disgusted with his decadent life in Paris, he retreats to the countryside and immerses himself in art and philosophy, becoming somewhat deranged. Though not mentioned by name, À rebours is thought to be the book that heavily influences what famous novel's titular character? More...
This Day in History

Andrew Johnson Avoids Impeachment by One Vote (1868)

Johnson became president following Abraham Lincoln's assassination. When he attempted to dismiss his Secretary of War without senatorial consent, congressional leaders—for the first time in US history—sought to remove the president from office. Their first attempt failed, but in 1868, the House passed a resolution of impeachment against him. During the trial, the charges proved weak, and the two-thirds vote needed for conviction failed by one vote. Which senators voted against their party? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothea Lange (1895)

Lange was a profoundly influential American documentary photographer. During the Great Depression, her photos of stark poverty led to her employment by a federal agency to bring the plight of the poor to public attention. Her images were so effective that the government was compelled to establish camps for migrant laborers. Lange produced several other photo essays, including one documenting the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans. Who is the subject of her best-known photo, "Migrant Mother"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshiper may one day be required to suffer.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

Freudian slip

Any inadvertent verbal or written mistake that reveals, or can be construed as revealing, an unconscious or repressed intention, belief, thought, attitude, etc. Named for the Sigmund Freud, considered the founding father of psychoanalysis, whose work largely focused on the unconscious and repressed elements of the human psyche. More...
Today's Holiday

Lag B'Omer (2016)

The name of this Jewish holiday means "thirty-three omer," an omer being a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the biblical book of Leviticus, the people were commanded by Jehovah to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. After the evening service, the number of the day was solemnly announced, and, in time, this ceremony came to be known as "the counting of the omer." Lag ba-Omer represents a break in the otherwise solemn season between Passover and Shavuot. More...
In the News

Healthy Diet Cheaper than Junk Food

It has been argued that one of the reasons people eat so much fast food and junk food is that such products cost less than healthy items like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. However, it turns out that this is not quite true. While healthy foods may be more costly than junk foods in terms of price per calorie, comparing them by weight or portion size reveals that grains, vegetables, fruit, and dairy foods are less expensive than most items high in saturated fat, added sugars, or salt. US Department of Agriculture researchers say that the latter approach is more practical, since calorie content is not a good indicator of food quantity or how filling the item is. More...
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