Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

chopine

Definition:(noun) A woman's shoe with a very high thick sole.
Synonyms:platform
Usage: In centuries past, some women wore chopines so large that they had difficulty maintaining their balance without assistance.
Article of the Day

Mani

Mani was the Iranian founder of Manichaeism, a once-widespread but now-extinct religion that centered on the struggle between good and evil. Inspired by visions of an angel, Mani saw himself as the last in a line of prophets that included Adam, Buddha, Zoroaster, and Jesus. His preaching was tolerated until Persian king Bahram I’s reign in the late 3rd century, during which time Mani was imprisoned. Though little is reliably known about his life, by many accounts he died in what gruesome way? 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
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

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

Study Finds High Sexting Rates among US Teens

Researchers say the percent of US teens who have shared nude photos via email or text is greater than previously thought. A survey of nearly 1,000 public high school students from Texas found that almost 30 percent are "sexting." Many of the students said they were uncomfortable with the practice, yet they did it anyway. Researchers say that sexting can be an indicator of sexual behavior, as girls who sexted were found to be more likely to engage in risky sexual activities, and that educational programs rather than legal punishments are necessary to discourage this sort of behavior. More...
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