Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

rootless

Definition:(adjective) Wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community.
Synonyms:vagabond
Usage: Away the rootless hobos shuffled, bindles over their shoulders, their only destination the shifting horizon.
Article of the Day

Chryselephantine Sculpture

Developed by the Greeks in the 6th century BCE, chryselephantine is a form of sculpture in which an inner core of wood is overlaid with ivory to simulate flesh. It is then trimmed with gold to simulate clothing and other adornments. The technique was used to make colossal religious statues for temples, but because the materials were so valuable, few examples remain intact today. There is a reproduction of one famous chryselephantine statue, the gigantic Athena Parthenos, in what US city? More...
This Day in History

Topsy the Elephant is Executed by Electrocution (1903)

Topsy was a circus elephant at Coney Island's Luna Park. After killing three people—at least one of whom was mistreating her at the time—in as many years, she was deemed a threat and scheduled to be put down. After hanging was ruled out after being deemed too cruel, Thomas Edison suggested electrocution in an attempt to further his campaign to portray alternating current electricity as dangerous. Electrocuted with 6,600 volts, Topsy died in seconds. How many people witnessed the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785)

More than just a compiler of fairy tales, Jacob Grimm was a German philologist who formulated the linguistic principle known as Grimm's law and who, along with his brother Wilhelm, began work on a vast historical dictionary of the German language that took over a century to complete. The Brothers Grimm are best known, however, for their compilation of some 200 German folk tales, known as Grimm's Fairy Tales, that helped establish the science of folklore. How did they collect the stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

hindsight is (always) 20/20

It is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done; things are clearer or more obvious when they are reflected upon. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Independence Day (2017)

The southeast Asian country of Burma, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military government, was given independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. The former capital, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is decorated for the Independence Day festivities, and the day is marked by sports and fairs in most cities. Burmese people dress in their national costume, which consists of an aingyi (blouse or shirt) and a longyi (skirt); panthay khowse (noodles and chicken) is traditionally served on this day, as is nga sak kin (curried fish balls). More...
In the News

Like, I'm Just Sayin' It's Annoying, You Know?

Does hearing "whatever" or "like" make your blood boil? How about "you know" or "just sayin"? A recent Marist poll found that American adults find these to be some of the most annoying conversational words or phrases in the English language. While the disdain for "whatever" may not be surprising—this is its fourth consecutive year at the top of the list—there were some notable changes from last year's poll. "Twitterverse" and "gotcha" earned mentions in 2012, but "seriously" failed to make the cut. More...
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