Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

self-worth

Definition:(noun) Respect for or a favorable opinion of oneself.
Synonyms:dignity, self-regard
Usage: This is the third time Luke has been fired in the past year, and I can only imagine the damage that it is doing to his self-worth.
Article of the Day

A Sandwich for Sandwich

It has been said of John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, that "seldom has any man held so many offices and accomplished so little." An unpopular, corrupt politician, he was criticized for prosecuting a friend for obscenity, despite being notoriously dissolute himself. Today, he is known for a 1762 incident in which he asked to be served meat stuck between slices of bread so that he would not have to interrupt his gambling to eat. What alternate tale explains Sandwich's connection to the sandwich? More...
This Day in History

Second "Palmer Raid" Takes Place (1920)

During the "Red Scare" that followed World War I, US Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer attempted to deport political radicals, dissidents, and aliens in the notorious "Palmer Raids." The first raid took place in late 1919. The second series of raids began in January 1920. In total, some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. A few hundred were deported, but the vast majority were released. The raids were preceded by bombings targeting what officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Barlach (1870)

Barlach was an outstanding German expressionist sculptor, graphic artist, and writer. Through the power of his simple, angular, and compact forms, he communicated intense emotion and compassion. From clay modeling he turned to wood carving and woodcutting, which imbued his work with a rough-hewn quality. He achieved fame in the 1920s and 30s with the execution of several war memorials for the Weimar Republic. Why were many of Barlach's works destroyed or confiscated as "degenerate art"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

high-handed

Haughtily presumptuous; arrogantly or inconsiderately overbearing. More...
Today's Holiday

Handsel Monday (2017)

A secular holiday, Handsel Monday was important among the rural people of Scotland. "Handsel" was something given as a token of good luck, particularly at the beginning of something; the modern house-warming gift would be a good example. Thus Handsel Monday was an occasion for gift giving at the start of the new year, and it remained a Scottish tradition from the 14th until the 19th century. Eventually it was replaced by Boxing Day, and the custom of giving farm laborers and public servants some extra money or a small gift on this day continues. More...
In the News

Laughter Abounds in Latin America

There appears to be some truth behind the adage "money doesn't buy happiness," because the world's richest people—Qataris—are not even close to being the world's happiest. That distinction goes to Panamanians and Paraguayans, followed closely by the residents of a number of other Latin American countries. In fact, the 10 most upbeat countries in the world, as determined by a recent Gallup poll, include seven in Latin America. It is interesting to note that many of these countries fare poorly in other measures of well-being, such as income, life expectancy, and education. More...
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