Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

cantata

Definition:(noun) A musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text.
Synonyms:oratorio
Usage: Instead of the band a choir began singing a cantata composed by Paul Ivanovich Kutuzov.
Article of the Day

Speakers' Corner

Often a scene of lively debate, a speakers' corner is an area designated for public speech-making. The northeast corner of London's Hyde Park may be the most famous speakers' corner, having hosted such orators as Karl Marx and George Orwell. However, speakers' corners exist—with varying degrees of freedom—around the world, including countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago. One location in the Netherlands, the Spreeksteen of Amsterdam, was created after what notable murder? More...
This Day in History

Gutzon Borglum Begins Sculpting Mount Rushmore (1927)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a massive carving of four US presidents' heads, each about 60 ft (18 m) high, on the side of a South Dakota mountain, took 400 workers 14 years to complete. Its designer, sculptor Gutzon Borglum—who had previously worked on a Confederate memorial on Georgia's Stone Mountain—died before Rushmore was completed, and his unfinished Hall of Records behind the heads is off-limits to the public. What nearby mountain sculpture will dwarf Rushmore when completed? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis X of France (1289)

Louis the Stubborn became king of Navarre, a region in the north of Spain bordering France, upon the death of his mother, Joan of Navarre. Upon the death of his father, Philip IV, in 1314, he became king of France. His rule was short-lived. Following a game of tennis in 1316, he drank a large amount of wine and died from an unverified illness. He is remembered primarily for his concessions to the nobility. At the time of his death, his wife was pregnant with his heir. What happened to the child? More...
Quotation of the Day
Diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

letters after (one's) name

A series of abbreviations indicating the various levels of higher education or military honors one has received, thereby denoting a presumed level of intelligence, wisdom, or respectability. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (2017)

In Assisi, Italy, the feast of St. Francis commemorates the saint's transition to the afterlife. For two days the entire town is illuminated by oil lamps burning consecrated oil brought from a different Italian town each year. A parchment in St. Francis's handwriting is taken to the top of the Santa Maria degli Angeli basilica and the people are blessed by the pope's representative. In the United States, people bring their pets to church to be blessed on St. Francis's feast day, because of his love for animals as expressed in his Canticle of Creatures. More...
In the News

3D Gun Printing Project Shut Down, For Now

For the most part, access to 3D printers is limited to the industrial sector, but technological advances are widening the scope of their use. This could have deadly consequences, as illustrated by the controversial Wiki Weapon project, which aims to develop a fully printable gun and then share its design online, allowing anyone with access to a 3D printer to manufacture his own gun. For now, the printable gun project has been put on hold, as the company supplying the printer withdrew its device upon learning how it was to be used, but the incident raises new questions about government's role in controlling technologies that can be used for illegal purposes. More...
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