Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

touchstone

Definition:(noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.
Synonyms:criterion, standard, measure
Usage: You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility.
Article of the Day

Prehistoric Music

Music existed long before human cultures were literate or had developed a written system of record-keeping, perhaps originating as an attempt to echo the sounds and rhythms of nature. These sounds may have been used to lure prey while hunting or in recreational or shamanistic rituals. The oldest known bone flute is about 50,000 years old, but experts believe that humans may have used what to create a form of music that predates such instruments? More...
This Day in History

The Last Supper Back on Display after Two-Decade Restoration (1999)

By the 1970s, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural masterpiece, The Last Supper, was badly deteriorated. Italian officials then undertook a major restoration project to permanently stabilize the painting and reverse the damage. The painting's original form was determined using original sketches and scientific tests, including infrared reflectoscopy and microscopic core-samples. The restoration took 21 years, and the painting was put back on display in 1999. Where is it located? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Moore (1779)

Moore was an Irish poet who achieved prominence in his day not only for his poetry but also for his love of Ireland and personal charm. He is remembered today for Irish Melodies, a group of lyrics published between 1808 and 1834 and set to music by Sir John Stevenson and others. Moore was friends with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, and his biography of Byron is among his best prose works. Byron left Moore his memoirs, but Moore later destroyed them. Who persuaded him to do it? More...
Quotation of the Day
He is wise who loveth well.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

gentleman's agreement

A legally non-binding arrangement that is guaranteed only by a verbal or mutually understood agreement by the parties involved. More...
Today's Holiday

Chestertown Tea Party Festival (2016)

When news of the British Boston Port Act reached Chestertown, Maryland, a group of local residents boarded the brigantine Geddes and dumped the tea in the Chester River. Every year during the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, the rebellion is reenacted. The crowd winds its way down High Street to the river, where the "colonists" board a ship and throw its cargo of tea into the river. Other festival events include a colonial parade, exhibits and demonstrations of 18th-century American crafts, clog dancing, horse-and-carriage rides, and tall ship cruises. More...
In the News

Fossil Gives Clues to Extinction 250 Million Years Ago

A newly-classified fossil gives clues to how life in the oceans recovered from a mass extinction about 250 million years ago. The reptile is an early relative of the ichthyosaurs - a large group of marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs. With ... More...
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