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

UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world's most translated document. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights, as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights—all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. Since its adoption, it has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Dickinson (1830)

Dickinson is widely considered one of the greatest American poets. After attending Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Seminary, she returned to her family home and spent the rest of her life there, writing. By 1860, she was boldly experimenting with language. Few of her poems were published in her lifetime, but after her death, her cache of poems was discovered, and heavily edited collections were published starting in 1890. It was not until what year that an unaltered collection was published? 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

have the wind up

To be very anxious, upset, or frightened. More...
Today's Holiday

Gita Jayanti (2016)

The birthday of the Bhagavad Gita—a Sanskrit poem relating a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna—is celebrated by reading and reciting passages from the Gita and by holding discussions on its philosophical aspects. This is also a day on which Hindus fast and worship Krishna. Some texts assert that on the 11th day of the waxing half of Margasirsa, Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the sacred lore of the Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and thus made available to the entire human race the poem often referred to as the "Song Celestial." 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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