Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

morganatic

Definition:(adjective) Of or being a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which it is agreed that no titles or estates of the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.
Synonyms:left-handed
Usage: Lola Montes, a dancer, became the morganatic wife of King Louis of Bavaria and was created Countess of Landsfeld.
Article of the Day

Pliny's Natural History

Pliny the Elder was a Roman scholar famous for his Historia NaturalisNatural History—an encyclopedia published in 77 CE. His one surviving work, it is divided into 37 books that survey all the known sciences of the day, notably geography, anthropology, zoology, mineralogy, and botany. Although the work was the European authority on scientific matters up to the Middle Ages, it is of uneven accuracy. Pliny was in the process of revising the work when he died observing what disaster? More...
This Day in History

Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

One of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited 32 silkscreened paintings of Campbell's soup cans in a California art gallery. The blatantly mundane content of the exhibition ran contrary to the abstract expressionist aesthetic of the time and generated much controversy, establishing Warhol as the leading exponent of the pop art movement. How did the soup cans differ from one another? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Boas (1858)

Boas was a German-American anthropologist. Trained in physics, he was part of an early scientific expedition to Baffin Island, where he turned to studying Eskimo culture. He is largely credited with establishing anthropology as an academic discipline in the US, and his achievements in anthropology are virtually unrivaled. It is largely because of his work that anthropologists today attribute human differences to cultural, rather than genetic, factors. Who were some of his famous students? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is invisible, and comes in and goes out as he likes, without anyone calling him to account for what he does.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

go (one's) (own) way

To proceed, act, or do things in a direction or manner as one so chooses or desires, especially as is distinct, separate, or different from that of others. More...
Today's Holiday

Camel Cup (2016)

What began in 1971 as a friendly camel race between two Alice Springs Lions Club members has grown into a major Australian event. Camels thrive in Alice Springs, which has one of the driest and harshest climates in Australia. Today the Camel Cup takes place at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs and is only one of several camel-oriented events, which are accompanied by the eating and beer-drinking that are a hallmark of so many Australian festivals. Other events include polo on camels, helicopter rides, rickshaw races, the Miss Camel Cup competition, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Passenger Aircraft Crashes in Congo

A passenger plane crashed yesterday while on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital to a northeastern city, apparently upon encountering bad weather during landing. Initial reports suggested that there had been 112 people on board, more than 50 of whom had died. However, the transport ministry later released a statement saying that the airline, Hewa Bora Airways, had underestimated the number of people on the flight. According to the ministry, at least 127 were killed in the crash and 51 survived. More...
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