Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

immerse

Definition:(verb) Devote (oneself) fully to.
Synonyms:engross, engulf, steep, soak up, absorb, plunge
Usage: I swear I will immerse myself in my studies and improve these poor grades.
Article of the Day

Electric Lady Studios

In 1968, legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix and his manager bought a nightclub in New York’s Greenwich Village. They decided to turn it into a studio of their own design: dreamy, colorful, and inspiring. Hendrix died less than a month after it opened and created his final studio recordings there. Dozens of famous artists spanning multiple genres have since recorded at Electric Lady Studios, including The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, and Kanye West. What was the last track Hendrix recorded there? More...
This Day in History

Grand Opening of New York City's Carnegie Hall (1891)

Carnegie Hall has long been the most famous concert hall in the US. Admired for its beauty and superb acoustics, it was designed in a Neo-Italian Renaissance style by architect William Burnet Tuthill and was endowed by industrialist Andrew Carnegie at the insistence of conductor Walter Damrosch. Pyotr Tchaikovsky was the guest of honor at its opening. The venue was slated for demolition in the 1950s but was saved by a public outcry. What was it called before it was named after Carnegie in 1893? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugénia María de Montijo de Guzmán (1826)

The daughter of a Spanish noble, Eugénia married Napoleon III in 1853 and became the empress of France. She took an active role in the politics of the Second Empire, acting as regent when her husband was at war. She also encouraged French opposition to a Prussian candidate for the Spanish throne in the controversy that precipitated the Franco-Prussian War. Deposed after Napoleon's defeat and capture, she fled and settled in England. Why was her marriage to Napoleon controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never reasoned on what I should do, but what I had done; as if my Reason had her eyes behind, and could only see backwards.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

stand on the shoulders of giants

To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. More...
Today's Holiday

Kodomo-no-Hi

Kodomo-no-Hi is a national holiday in Japan that was known as Boys' Day from the 9th century, but became a day for both boys and girls in 1948. Today, the day is observed largely with family picnics. Households with sons erect tall bamboo poles outside the home and attach streamers in the shape of carp for each son. The carp supposedly represents the strength, courage, and determination shown in its upstream journeys. The festivities are part of Golden Week, which also includes Greenery Day and Japan Constitution Memorial Day. More...
In the News

Facebook Launching Organ Donor Status Feature

Dozens die every day while waiting for organ transplants, and executives at the social networking giant Facebook have decided to do something to try and change this. They have announced that the site will begin allowing users in the US and UK to volunteer as potential organ donors and share their decision with friends, who will then be given the option to share their own donor status. Though the Facebook pledge is not necessarily legally binding, the site will also include links to official registries. More...
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