Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

flinty

Definition:(adjective) Showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings.
Synonyms:granitic, obdurate, stony
Usage: He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed.
Article of the Day

Clarence Hudson White

An accountant with a passion for art, White began teaching himself photography by taking portraits of his friends and family in his spare time. In 1896, he won a gold medal from the Ohio Photographer's Association. As time passed, he became increasingly devoted to photography, helping to found the Photo-Secession movement in 1902 and, a few years later, moving to New York to pursue photography full time. He went on to become a renowned teacher of photography. Who are some of his famous students? More...
This Day in History

The New York Times Begins Publication of the Pentagon Papers (1971)

The Pentagon Papers were top secret government documents detailing US involvement in SE Asia from WWII to 1968. In 1971, a former government employee leaked portions of the 47-volume study, which revealed both miscalculation and deception on the part of US policymakers, to The New York Times, which began publishing articles about it. Citing national security, the Justice Department obtained an injunction against further publication, and the case went to the Supreme Court. How did it rule? More...
Today's Birthday

Gnaeus Julius Agricola (40 CE)

Agricola was a Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain, where he was made consul and governor after a distinguished military and political career. He pacified most of the territory, conquering North Wales and advancing far into Scotland, and also circumnavigated the island. His biography, the De Vita et Moribus Lulii AgricolaeThe Life and Character of Julius Agricola—was the first published work of his son-in-law, what Roman historian? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

advanced in years

Of an older age. More...
Today's Holiday

Second Day of Shavuot

Shavuot ("weeks") is the second of the three Pilgrim Festivals. At one time, all adult male Jews were expected to bring their first omer, or "sheaf," of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering. Today, dairy dishes are associated with Shavuot, particularly cheese blintzes. After the period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot celebrated Moses' return from the top of Mt. Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments, and it is therefore also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Law. Jews living in Israel observe only the first day of Shavuot. More...
In the News

Oldest Man in Recorded History Passes Away

Jiroemon Kimura, a Japanese man who, at 116, was the world's oldest living person as well as the oldest man recorded in history, has died of natural causes. The father of seven reportedly had 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. A retired postal worker, he was said to have helped out on a family farm until he was around 90. When asked the secret to his longevity, the supercentenarian said that eating light was key. One of his relatives disagreed, instead attributing his long life to his positive attitude. More...
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