Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

laconic

Definition:(adjective) Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
Synonyms:curt, crisp
Usage: Their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them.
Article of the Day

Andrea Bocelli

Bocelli is an Italian tenor and multi-instrumentalist. Blind since the age of 12 and favoring opera over other, more popular styles of music, Bocelli overcame the odds and became an international superstar. His chart-topping success is, in part, due to his blending of operatic arias with pop music. Though this has helped him sell tens of millions of records, it has also earned him criticism from opera purists. What did Bocelli do for a living before becoming a "popera" star? More...
This Day in History

"Casey at the Bat" Published in the San Francisco Examiner (1888)

"Casey at the Bat" was one of the most popular poems in late 19th-century America. Recited in vaudeville performances and later taken up by many celebrities, the poem tells the story of an overconfident baseball player—the "mighty Casey"—who strikes out while trying to show off. Ernest Thayer, who wrote the poem, avoided acknowledging authorship for many years because he thought it was embarrassingly bad. Which two real-life towns have laid claim to being the Mudville mentioned in the poem? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Dufy (1877)

Dufy was a French designer and painter best known for his outdoor scenes of gaiety and leisure, like horse races, parades, and concerts. He also designed textiles and illustrated books. Dufy studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and experimented with Impressionism and, later, Fauvism. In the early 1920s, he developed his distinctive style characterized by sketchily drawn objects on bright, decorative backgrounds. Later, he completed one of the largest modern paintings, an ode to what? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

don't shoot the messenger

Don't get angry at or punish someone who is simply delivering bad or undesirable news, as he or she is not responsible for it. More...
Today's Holiday

Kazanlak Rose Festival (2017)

Bulgaria supplies 90 percent of the world's rose attar, and roses are raised for food and medicinal purposes as well. The 10-day festival that celebrates Bulgaria's cultivation and export of roses is held in Kazanlak, a small town in what is known as the Valley of the Roses. It begins with a procession of farmers and young people dressed in native costume and carrying baskets for the ritual picking of the rose petals. Rose-decorated floats, costumed paraders, and folk dancers follow a route through all the nearby towns. Folk dance and song programs complete the festival activities. More...
In the News

Spanish King Juan Carlos to Abdicate

After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos of Spain will be abdicating in favor of his son Prince Felipe. The announcement comes at a time of economic hardship and growing anti-monarchist sentiment in Spain. The once-popular king has been widely criticized for taking a luxury elephant-hunting trip in 2012, at a time when the country's finances were teetering on the brink, and his image has been further tarnished by a corruption scandal involving his daughter and son-in-law. In his televised address announcing his intentions, the king said it was time to step aside and hand over the reins to the new generation. More...
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