Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

enrapture

Definition:(verb) To fill with delight.
Synonyms:enchant, enthrall, ravish, transport
Usage: The Harry Potter books have enraptured millions of young readers.
Article of the Day

Noblesse Oblige

The French phrase noblesse oblige means "nobility obliges" and implies that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. The phrase has been more broadly used to describe the motivation of those who help the less fortunate. The concept has been referenced by diverse authors through the centuries, including Homer, Honoré de Balzac, and William Faulkner, and has even been cited in modern legal writings. What Disney movie directly references noblesse oblige in one of its songs? More...
This Day in History

The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)

In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelly Sachs (1891)

Sachs was a German poet, translator, and dramatist. Born to a prosperous family, Sachs wrote poems mainly for fun until the advent of Nazism darkened her work and forced her to flee on one of the last flights to Sweden. Her lyrics from those years combine lean simplicity with intense imagery. Collections of her poetry include The Seeker and O the Chimneys. What other poet developed a deep friendship with Sachs, which unfortunately exacerbated both poets' mental illnesses? More...
Quotation of the Day
Terrible emotions always do sound foolish when we put them into our inadequate words. They are not meant to be spoken—only felt and endured.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

lazy-bones

A particularly lazy or indolent person. More...
Today's Holiday

Nobel Prize Ceremony (2017)

Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his estate be used to fund five annual prizes. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901; a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969. Winners receive the awards at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. More...
In the News

Parents Planning to Fly with Children, Take Note

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, many are girding themselves for the stresses of travel that lie ahead. Those flying somewhere will have to contend with the usual airport frustrations—delayed and cancelled flights—as well as crowded planes and annoying passengers. Interestingly, American travelers in a recent survey by online travel site Expedia.com ranked the "Inattentive Parent" the most annoying type of traveler with whom to share a flight, ahead of the "Rear Seat Kicker," the "Aromatic Passenger," and the "Boozer." More...
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