Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

monotonous

Definition:(adjective) Tediously repetitious or lacking in variety.
Synonyms:humdrum
Usage: Spending eight hours a day on an assembly line is monotonous work, but I am grateful to have a job.
Article of the Day

Manhattan's Five Points

Five Points was a notorious New York City slum centered on a five-cornered intersection in what is now Foley Square. The neighborhood, home to the infamous "gangs of New York," was created in the early 1800s after Collect Pond was filled, creating a swamp and prompting its more affluent inhabitants to move amid declining conditions. Heavily populated by free African Americans and Irish immigrants, Five Points was an early example of racial integration in the US. What form of dance emerged there? More...
This Day in History

US Invades Grenada (1983)

After a left-wing government took control of Grenada in a 1979 bloodless coup, relations between the tiny Caribbean nation and its neighbors became strained. In 1983, the government was overthrown by radicals from within the same movement. Concerned about Grenada's leanings toward Cuba and the Soviet bloc, the US invaded. World leaders were outraged, and the UN voted 108 to 9 to condemn the invasion. How did US President Ronald Reagan respond when asked whether the lopsided vote concerned him? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Bizet (1838)

A French composer, Bizet became disgusted with the frivolity of French opera and decided to change it. In 1875, his masterpiece, Carmen, premiered. Though its harsh realism repelled many, it eventually won international acclaim and is now one of the most popular operas in history. Sadly, Bizet did not live to see Carmen's success, dying just months after it premiered. Although rumors of suicide surrounded his death, what likely killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing in the world is harder than speaking the truth and nothing easier than flattery.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

hothead

A person with an excitable, fiery, or impetuous temper or disposition; one who is quick to get angry or act rashly. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Crispin's Day (2017)

According to legend, Crispin and his brother Crispinian traveled from Rome to the French town of Soissons, where they preached and earned a living as shoemakers. The people of Soissons built a church in their honor in the sixth century, and since that time they have been known as the patron saints of shoemakers and other workers in leather. This is also the day on which the French and English armies fought the battle of Agincourt in the middle period of the Hundred Years War (1415). More...
In the News

Spare the Rod Lest You Spoil the Child

Evidence is mounting that parents should not put too much stock in the age-old adage "spare the rod and spoil the child." In a recent study, researchers linked spanking in early childhood to later behavior problems, aggressiveness, and even slight vocabulary deficits. Experts suspect that children who are spanked are more inclined to use their fists rather than their words to solve problems because this is the sort of behavior that has been modeled for them. It is less evident why spanking might hinder vocabulary development, but one possibility is that parents who spank may speak to their children less often than parents who use other forms of discipline. More...
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