Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

vendee

Definition:(noun) One to whom something is sold; a buyer.
Synonyms:emptor, purchaser, buyer
Usage: There were three vendees from three different companies at the auction, and each hoped to acquire the same valuable item.
Article of the Day

Pointillism

Pointillism, a Post-Impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, is characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. These distinct points of primary colors create the visual effect of a wide selection of secondary colors, relying heavily on the viewer's perceptive ability to mix the color spots into a full range of tones. The technique is analogous to the color production of what modern devices? More...
This Day in History

Opha Mae Johnson Becomes First Woman to Enlist in the US Marine Corps (1918)

During World War I, the US Secretary of the Navy decided to allow women to join the Marine Corps Reserve so that they could take over clerical duties being performed at the time by battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas. Johnson, who was 18 at the time, was the first woman to enlist. It would be another 25 years before the Marines began letting women fill non-clerical positions like parachute rigger, mechanic, and cryptographer. What was Johnson's rank? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Hitchcock (1899)

Hitchcock was a six-time Academy Award-nominated English-American filmmaker who directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. A master of the suspense thriller, he developed a style that is so distinctive that any filmmaker working in the suspense genre invariably risks comparison to him. He was one of the best known directors of his time, often making humorous cameo appearances in his own films. Hitchcock was also known for his use of MacGuffins, which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

get the knack of

To learn how to do something competently or well after a certain period of practice or development. More...
Today's Holiday

Bud Billiken Day

Bud Billiken is the "patron saint" of Chicago's African-American children. Created in 1923 by Robert S. Abbott, Bud Billiken is a symbol of things as they should be, and his day is primarily a children's event. There is a parade held on the second Saturday in August each year, complete with marching bands, baton twirlers, floats, and units from the Navy, Air Force, and National Guard. The formalities end when the parade reaches Washington Park in the Grand Boulevard area of Chicago, where families have picnics and cookouts. More...
In the News

Cosmonauts Give Space Station Window a Scrub

Yes, they do windows, even in space: Two cosmonauts scrubbed a window, documented the International Space Station exterior, collected an experiment and battled cold fingers during a speedy spacewalk Monday, August 10. The Russian residents of the ... More...
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