Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 14, 2014)
Word of the Day

tawdry

Definition:(adjective) Tastelessly showy.
Synonyms:flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, trashy, brassy, cheap
Usage: It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding-cake.
Article of the Day

D.W. Griffith

Griffith was an American film director best known for his controversial film The Birth of a Nation. Initially an actor, he sold film scenarios to the Biograph Company, which hired him as a director in 1908. In over 400 films for Biograph, he developed filmmaking as an art form with techniques such as the close-up and the scenic long shot, and he collaborated with cinematographer Billy Bitzer to create fade-out, fade-in, and soft-focus shots. In 1919, Griffith co-founded what film company? More...
This Day in History

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Founded (1960)

OPEC is a multinational organization that was established in 1960 to coordinate the petroleum production and export policies of its original members, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Other nations have since joined the organization. In 1973, OPEC began a series of oil price increases in retaliation for Western support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War, and its members' income greatly increased as a result. What member country withdrew from OPEC in 2008? More...
Today's Birthday

María Capovilla (1889)

Capovilla was an Ecuadorian supercentenarian whose life spanned three centuries. At the time of her death shortly before her 117th birthday in 2006, she was recognized as the world's oldest living person. She was also the last remaining documented person born in the 1880s. At age 100, Capovilla nearly died and was given last rites by a priest, but she recovered and lived in good health for another 16 years. She had 20 great-grandchildren and how many great-great-grandchildren? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

find (something) out the hard way

To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant. Can also be phrased as "find out about something the hard way." More...
Today's Holiday

Nicaragua Battle of San Jacinto Day (2016)

In Nicaragua, September 14 is a national holiday dedicated to the anniversary of the independence of Central America and the battle at San Jacinto. Starting at 7:30 in the morning, the president awards the Presidential Medallion to the best students and teachers from around the country at the Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo Segundo. Marching bands from 100 schools in the capital and bands from the National Army and the Police participate in a parade that day. More...
In the News

Fat Shaming Counterproductive

Shaming people for being overweight does not motivate them to lose weight. In fact, it appears to have the opposite effect. Adults who experienced weight discrimination gained more weight over a four-year period than those who did not. Being made to feel bad about one's physique seems to drive people to take comfort in food while simultaneously undermining their self-confidence with respect to physical activity, leading them to avoid it. Unfortunately, weight bias is pervasive not just among the general public but also within the medical community, making it harder for those struggling with their weight to get much-needed support and encouragement. More...
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