Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

cordate

Definition:(adjective) Having a heart-shaped outline.
Synonyms:heart-shaped, cordiform
Usage: When a cordate leaf fell from the tree, she considered it a sign that she would soon find love.
Article of the Day

The Death of Marat

The Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David, depicts the 1793 assassination of radical journalist and revolutionary activist Jean-Paul Marat and is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution. Marat was stabbed while writing in his bathtub, and his murderer's name is written on the paper he holds in the painting. David's representation of this scene is reminiscent of depictions of Christian martyrs in religious works. What is the political significance of this imagery? More...
This Day in History

Bruno Hauptmann Arrested for Murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1934)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped in 1932. Although a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid, the child's body was found murdered. Two years later, Hauptmann was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial, he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was executed in 1936. Why do some doubt his guilt? More...
Today's Birthday

"Mama" Cass Elliot (1941)

Elliot was an American singer and member of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she had a successful solo career, releasing several studio albums. In 1974, after a series of performances at the London Palladium, Elliot was found dead in an apartment loaned to her by singer Harry Nilsson—the same apartment where drummer Keith Moon died four years later. Although Elliot died from a heart attack, an often repeated urban myth states that she died by choking on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

be on (one's) conscience

To be a persistent cause or source of guilt, such as an act of wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Keiro-no-Hi

Keiro-no-Hi is a national holiday in Japan set aside as a day to honor the elderly. At community centers, entertainments are held and the guests are given small keepsakes and gifts of food—for example, rice cakes dyed red and white, the traditional Japanese colors of happiness. More...
In the News

What Happens when Two Black Holes Smash Together?

A catastrophe of cosmic proportions will take place, scientists predict, when two black holes crash into each other. The good news is that it won’t happen for another 100,000 years. In a new study, astrophysicists from Columbia University found that a ... More...
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