Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

asperity

Definition:(noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Synonyms:sharpness
Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant.
Article of the Day

Flamenco

Flamenco is a Spanish music and dance style typically associated with the Andalusian Romani, or Gitano. It is vigorous and rhythmic, characterized by colorful costumes, erotic movements, foot stamping, and hand clapping. The result is a brilliant, noisy, and passionate dance. Flamenco music is believed to have emerged in the early 19th century from the cante jondo—"deep song"—of Andalusia, a highly emotional and tragic type of song accompanied by guitar. What is "nuevo flamenco"? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Kittinger is a former command pilot and career military officer in the US Air Force known for setting a number of records, including highest parachute jump and fastest speed reached by a human traveling through the atmosphere. In 1960, as part of the Air Force's Project Excelsior, he jumped from a balloon nearly 20 miles above the earth and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before opening his parachute. In 2012, 84-year-old Kittinger participated in what historic event? More...
Today's Birthday

Christian Mortensen (1882)

When Mortensen died at the age of 115 years and 252 days, he was the oldest man who had ever lived whose age is undisputed. Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1882 and immigrated to the US in 1903. He worked in various trades until he retired in 1950. Twenty-eight years later, at the age of 96, he reportedly rode his bicycle to a retirement home in San Rafael, California, where he lived for the rest of his life. What advice for living a long life did Mortensen give on his 115th birthday? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

good gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Pine Battle of Vinuesa

The Pine Battle or Pinochada of Vinuesa in the province of Soria, Spain, takes place where King Juan I located his main residence in the 14th century. On August 16, the final day of the festival, there is a ceremonial mock battle in which the women of Vinuesa attack the men with pine branches. Centuries ago, when an image of the Virgin was found between two pine trees near the boundary between Vinuesa and Covaleda, a quarrel broke out over who would keep the image. The women tore branches from the pine trees and used them to strike their opponents, thus winning the battle for Vinuesa. More...
In the News

Music Can Help Improve Children's Reading Skills

When funds are tight and schools are forced to cut programming, the arts are typically the first things on the chopping block, despite mounting evidence that art education improves academic performance. Music education, for example, has been shown to improve concentration, memory, and focus in the classroom. For children raised in impoverished environments, it can even help improve reading skills and sound and language processing. These gains appear to persist long term, even after the music lessons have ended. More...
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