Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

gossamer

Definition:(adjective) Sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous.
Synonyms:ethereal
Usage: Tasting cotton candy for the first time, the child was thrilled by the gossamer treat.
Article of the Day

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian Islamic architecture. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered it built as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building's white marble exterior is inlaid with semiprecious stones arranged in Arabic inscriptions, floral designs, and arabesques, and its gardens reflect the Islamic Paradise. When was the monument's construction begun? More...
This Day in History

Elizabeth I Becomes Queen of England and Ireland (1558)

King Henry VIII of England died nine years after the birth of his much-desired male heir, Edward VI. However, Edward died at the age of 15, and his chosen successor—his cousin, Lady Jane Grey—was beheaded after a nine-day rule. Jane was succeeded by Henry VIII's eldest daughter, whose turbulent five-year-reign earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary." Mary died childless, and the crowning of her half-sister, Elizabeth, marked the beginning of an era of stability. How long did Elizabeth reign? More...
Today's Birthday

Lee Strasberg (1901)

Strasberg was an American theatrical director, teacher, and actor. Expanding upon the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Strasberg developed the practice of "method acting," in which actors use their own emotional memories as dramatic motivation. As director of the elite Actors Studio in New York City, he trained actors such as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Dustin Hoffman. He had a profound influence on American theater and film. What news did he receive on the day before he died? More...
Quotation of the Day
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in favor (with someone)

Highly regarded (by someone); widely accepted or enjoyed (by someone). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival Indígena (Jayuya Indian Festival) (2017)

The Jayuya Indian Festival was started in 1969, when new traces of the Taíno Indian culture were discovered in and around Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Festival events include Indian ceremonies and dances as well as concerts featuring fotutos (conch shells) as instruments. There is a ceremonial Taino ball game that resembles soccer, and a village (yukayeque) of thatched-roof huts that enables visitors to see how the Indians lived. Visitors can attend lectures on the Taino language and customs or take a tour of the caves containing the Indian drawings. More...
In the News

Bike Fatalities Up in US

As adults increasingly ditch their vehicles for more eco-friendly and waistline-friendly modes of transportation, more bikes end up on the road, and this isn't all good. Simply put, more biking means more accidents and more fatalities. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes in the US climbed 16 percent. The vast majority were adult males, most were not wearing helmets at the time, and a quarter of them were in fact legally drunk. More...
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