Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

clear-eyed

Definition:(adjective) Mentally acute or penetratingly discerning.
Synonyms:perspicacious
Usage: John's clear-eyed assessment of the company's problems saved it from bankruptcy.
Article of the Day

Art Brut: Outsider Art

French for "raw art," art brut, or outsider art, is art produced outside the established art world, particularly crude or obscene works created by the untrained or mentally ill. The term was coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet, who regarded such works as the purest form of expression. The first well-known outsider artist was psychiatric patient Adolf Wölfli, who produced a vast body of work, including an illustrated 45-volume epic about his transformation from a knight into what? More...
This Day in History

Li Yuan Becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang (618 CE)

Emperor Gaozu was the founder of the greatest of China's imperial dynasties, the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), which ruled over what was then the world's largest empire and initiated a golden age for art, science, and Buddhism. Before becoming emperor, Li Yuan, as he was then known, was governor of a province under the Sui Dynasty. When the Sui emperor, Yangdi, was assassinated in 618, Li Yuan reunited the empire and took power. Why did he later abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Li Shimin? More...
Today's Birthday

George Mallory (1886)

Mallory was an English mountain climber who participated in the Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922, and 1924. The 1924 expedition culminated in a bold and possibly successful drive toward the summit by Mallory and Andrew Irvine, from which they did not return. Mallory's body was discovered on Everest in 1999. His achievements and the mystery surrounding his final effort have made him a mountaineering legend. What "three most famous words in mountaineering" are attributed to Mallory? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

all bark and no bite

Full of talk that is more threatening or impressive than that which one can or will actually do. More...
Today's Holiday

Madam Lou Bunch Day (2016)

Lou Bunch Day is an annual reminder of the rowdy gold-mining days of Central City, Colorado, held to honor the town's last madam. The event features bed races, a Madams and Miners Ball, and the selection of a Madam of the Year. In addition, there are tours of old mining rigs and trains that take visitors into the heart of the mountains to see colorful veins of ore. Central City was settled in the Gold Rush of 1859 and became known as the Richest Square Mile on Earth—some $75 million in gold was mined there. More...
In the News

Man Writing Kindness Memoir Shot Himself

An American hitchhiker who claimed to have been a victim of a drive-by shooting while gathering material for a memoir on kindness actually shot himself, likely to draw publicity to his project, police said. Ray Dolin originally reported to police that he was hitchhiking along a rural Montana road when the driver of a pickup truck pulled up next to him and shot him for no apparent reason. A man driving a pickup truck that matched Dolin's description of the alleged shooter's vehicle was subsequently arrested. Dolin later admitted to police that he had shot himself, and the charges against the man arrested for the shooting have been dropped. More...
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