Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

laconic

Definition:(adjective) Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
Synonyms:curt, crisp
Usage: Their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them.
Article of the Day

Andrea Bocelli

Bocelli is an Italian tenor and multi-instrumentalist. Blind since the age of 12 and favoring opera over other, more popular styles of music, Bocelli overcame the odds and became an international superstar. His chart-topping success is, in part, due to his blending of operatic arias with pop music. Though this has helped him sell tens of millions of records, it has also earned him criticism from opera purists. What did Bocelli do for a living before becoming a "popera" star? More...
This Day in History

Valerie Solanas Attempts to Assassinate Andy Warhol (1968)

In the mid-1960s, American pop-art icon Andy Warhol began to devote much of his time and energy to filmmaking, producing marathon films on boredom and voyeurism that featured deliberately coarse amalgams of sexuality and banality. In 1968, he was shot and wounded by Valerie Solanas, a feminist writer who had appeared in one of his films. Warhol never fully recovered from the shooting and died from complications following surgery in 1987. What sparked Solanas' ire towards Warhol? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Loewi (1873)

Loewi was a German-born American physiologist and pharmacologist. A professor of pharmacology at Austria's University of Graz, he was forced into exile by the Nazi purge of professors in 1938 and began teaching at New York University in 1940. He investigated the physiology and pharmacology of metabolism, the kidneys, the heart, and the nervous system. For his discovery of the chemical transmission of nerve impulses, he shared the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a sly dog

Someone who, through cunning, devious, or dishonest means, achieves a fortuitous outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (2016)

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a solemnity (meaning a festival of the greatest importance) in the Roman Catholic Church celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi. It is devoted to the symbol of Jesus' love for all humanity and is a significant holiday in Colombia. More...
In the News

Spanish King Juan Carlos to Abdicate

After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos of Spain will be abdicating in favor of his son Prince Felipe. The announcement comes at a time of economic hardship and growing anti-monarchist sentiment in Spain. The once-popular king has been widely criticized for taking a luxury elephant-hunting trip in 2012, at a time when the country's finances were teetering on the brink, and his image has been further tarnished by a corruption scandal involving his daughter and son-in-law. In his televised address announcing his intentions, the king said it was time to step aside and hand over the reins to the new generation. More...
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