Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

harum-scarum

Definition:(adjective) Cheerfully irresponsible.
Synonyms:devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky, slaphappy, freewheeling, carefree
Usage: I was a harum-scarum, reckless lad, and he had had an education, and was already marked for the sword-belt.
Article of the Day

Hecate

In Greek religion and mythology, Hecate is the goddess of ghosts and witchcraft and the governess of liminal regions. Identified with three other goddesses, she was sometimes depicted as having three bodies, giving her the ability to look in all directions at once. Because she helped rescue Persephone from Hades, she became associated with the underworld. In the upper world, she haunted graveyards and crossroads and was invisible to all eyes except those of what animal that often followed her? More...
This Day in History

WWI: Battle of Fromelles Begins (1916)

The Battle of Fromelles was fought in France during World War I between Germany and a combined force of British and Australian troops. More than 1,500 British and 5,500 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for Germany, which suffered 1,500 casualties. The Australian War Memorial describes the battle as "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." The Allies had planned to launch the attack sooner, but were delayed by what? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its "appalling ugliness"? More...
Quotation of the Day
They are the good Samaritans that find us robbed of all our dreams by the roadside of life, bleeding and weeping and desolate; and such is their skill and wealth and goodness of heart, that they not only heal up our wounds, but restore to us the lost property of our dreams.

Richard le Gallienne (1866-1947)

Idiom of the Day

nice one

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Martyrs' Day (2016)

On July 19, 1947, Aung San and six of his cabinet members, including his older brother, were assassinated during an Executive Council meeting. His political adversary, U Saw, was found guilty of participating in the assassinations and was later executed for his part in the killings. July 19 has been declared Martyr's Day, a national holiday on which the people of Myanmar remember their slain leader Aung San. On this day, the country holds a moment of silence, and a ceremony is held as family members of Aung San and the other assassinated cabinet members lay wreaths on their tombs. More...
In the News

Over the Moon over Pluto's New Moon

More than thirty years after Pluto's first moon was discovered, a fifth moon orbiting the dwarf planet has been found. Spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope, the newly discovered moon, labeled P5, rounds out a list that includes Charon, Nix, Hydra, and P4. Despite not even qualifying as a planet—Pluto was demoted to dwarf status in 2006—the icy orb officially has more moons than Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars combined. Still, Jupiter puts them all to shame with a whopping 63 known moons. More...
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