Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

boorish

Definition:(adjective) Ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance.
Synonyms:loutish, neanderthal, oafish, swinish
Usage: He was boorish and insensitive, and he made her cry far too often, but she loved him regardless.
Article of the Day

Fugue

A fugue is a musical composition characterized by the systematic imitation of one or more themes in counterpoint. In the exposition, which begins the piece, the theme is repeated successively in similar form at different pitch levels by different voices. The fugue emerged gradually from the imitative polyphony of the 13th century and reached its pinnacle with Bach, who, along with Handel, inspired the later fugues of Mozart, Beethoven, and others. What is a counterfugue? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for "prisoners of conscience." His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a woman? I assure you, I do not know...I do not believe that anybody can know until she has expressed herself in all the arts and professions open to human skill.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

hang paper

To write a dishonored or bad check. More...
Today's Holiday

Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration

The Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration is held annually the last weekend in July to celebrate the abolishment of slavery in the United States. It also celebrates NicodemusNicodemus, the only still-living all-black community west of the Mississippi founded by former slaves. The Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration has taken place every year since 1878. The event includes such attractions as a parade, a fashion show, military displays, and descendants' program, which draws relatives of the original town settlers from across the country. More...
In the News

Humans Have Bigger Brains Closer to Poles

Researchers say that people living far from the equator evolved bigger brains and eye sockets to help them manage in the poor light conditions of short winter days and cloudy skies. An examination of 55 nineteenth-century skulls from 12 indigenous populations across the globe revealed a positive correlation between absolute latitude and both cranial capacity and eye socket size. This suggests that these human populations developed larger eyes, as well as larger brains to process the increased visual input, in order to compensate for the decreased light levels of their environments. More...
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