Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

tacit

Definition:(adjective) Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.
Synonyms:understood, silent
Usage: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.
Article of the Day

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim is a modern art museum located in New York City. It is named for its benefactor, art collector Solomon Guggenheim. Founded in the 1930s, it is known for its remarkable circular building designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The structure resembles a white ribbon spiraling upward and outward in a smooth coil of white concrete. It has no separate floors but instead uses a spiral ramp, realizing Wright's ideal of a continuous space. Why has Wright's design been criticized? More...
This Day in History

Second Vatican Council Convenes (1962)

Held in four sessions over the course of three years, the Second Vatican Council was a meeting of Catholic Church leaders with the announced purpose of reconsidering the position of the church in the modern world. Among many other changes, the council reformed the liturgy, permitting the use of the vernacular language, rather than Latin. Representatives from non-Catholic churches were invited to observe the sessions. What unexpected event nearly ended the council prematurely? More...
Today's Birthday

Jerome Robbins (1918)

Robbins was an influential American dancer and director and the choreographer of Broadway musicals such as The King and I, Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. He choreographed and directed both the stage and film versions of the immensely popular West Side Story, for which he shared an Academy Award for Best Director. He was reportedly so unpopular on the set of 1945's Billion Dollar Baby that the company watched silently as he accidently walked into what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

get on like a house afire

Of two or more people, to enjoy one another's company very much from the start and become good friends at once. (Used when people are meeting for the first time.) More...
Today's Holiday

Macedonian National Uprising Day (2017)

October 11 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Macedonian people's uprising against fascism during World War II. This holiday is observed through formal ceremonies at which the prime minister and other dignitaries deliver addresses acknowledging the significance of this revolt to the spirit of Macedonian independence. In conjunction with this holiday, the Macedonian Parliament recognizes accomplishments in the areas of science, culture, art, and journalism through the "October 11" life achievement awards. More...
In the News

Enough is (Not) Enough

You know that sinking feeling you get when you ravenously tear open a bloated snack bag only to find a whole lot of air and a mere handful of chips lying forlornly at the bottom? Well, a group of South Korean college students finally had enough and decided to air their grievances by building a raft out of 160 sealed bags of potato chips. Two of them then paddled the raft 0.62 miles (1.3 kilometers) across the Han River, supported the entire way by the nitrogen gas sealed inside the chip bags. Korean law requires food content to fill at least 65 percent of a snack bag, but many consumers are convinced that manufacturers are falling short of this benchmark. More...
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