Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

imbroglio

Definition:(noun) A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
Synonyms:embroilment
Usage: And then there's a general imbroglio, everyone standing up and the kid hollering and the dog barking.
Article of the Day

Art Deco

Art deco is a style of design that originated in French luxury goods shortly before World War I and became internationally popular during the 1920s and 30s. Its name derives from the 1925 Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts, where the style reached its apex. Art deco is characterized by long, thin forms, curving surfaces, and geometric patterning. Works executed in the art-deco style range from skyscrapers and ocean liners to toasters. What are some architectural examples of the art-deco style? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tannenberg Ends (1914)

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between Russian and German forces in WWI. After invading German East Prussia, the Russian First and Second armies became separated. German forces then attacked one of the isolated armies and forced its retreat, killing and capturing tens of thousands in the process. Though disastrous for Russia, the battle forced Germany to divert troops from the Western Front during the first critical weeks of the war. Why was the battle named after Tannenberg? More...
Today's Birthday

Nancy Wake (1912)

Wake, who lived to the age of 98, was one of World War II's most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

Hallmark moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be suitable as a greeting card. A reference to the Hallmark brand of greeting cards. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Rosa de Lima

St. Rose was the first canonized saint of the Americas, born in Lima, Peru, in 1586. She is the patron saint of Central and South America and the Philippines. She died in 1617 and was canonized in 1671. On her feast day, a candlelight procession takes place from her shrine in the church of Santo Domingo to the cathedral. Adults wear purple robes, while children wear white ones. People sing religious hymns as they accompany the rose-covered image to the cathedral. St. Rose's Day is a public holiday throughout Peru. More...
In the News

Half of Syrians Now Displaced

With the protracted civil war in Syria well into its fourth year and Islamic State militants sweeping across large swathes of the country, the humanitarian crisis there is becoming ever greater. More than half of Syria's population is now displaced, says the UN. More than three million refugees have fled to neighboring countries, while more than twice that number, some six and a half million, are internally displaced. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has labeled the Syrian crisis the "biggest humanitarian emergency of our era." More...
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