Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

so-called

Definition:(adjective) Doubtful or suspect.
Synonyms:alleged, supposed
Usage: The so-called master detective tripped over the murder weapon just as he was declaring the case insolvable.
Article of the Day

Zamyatin's We

Written in the early 1920s by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin, We was not published in the Soviet Union until 1988. Said to be the literary ancestor of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984, it is an early dystopian novel in which humans are given numbers instead of names and individuality has been eradicated. The main character, D-503, becomes involved with a resistance group that tries to take down the totalitarian state in which they live. What happens? More...
This Day in History

Gone with the Wind Premieres in Atlanta, Georgia (1939)

American writer Margaret Mitchell only published one novel during her lifetime—Gone with the Wind—and it became one of the most popular novels in the history of American publishing. In 1939, an extraordinarily successful film version of the book was released, transferring the romantic, panoramic portrait of the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in Georgia to the big screen. The movie won 10 Academy Awards. Why did the film's leading man, Clark Gable, threaten to boycott the premiere? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Paul Getty (1892)

The son of an oil millionaire, Getty was an American industrialist who increased his fortune and became the richest man in the world by acquiring oil companies and obtaining rights to a tract of land in Saudi Arabia that yielded great quantities of oil. Married and divorced five times, he was known for such bizarre behavior as installing a payphone in his mansion for guests to use and refusing to pay a ransom for his grandson even after being sent the boy's ear. What happened to the grandson? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) feet on the ground

To be and remain in a calm, stable, sensible, and pragmatic state or condition; to not be subject to extreme emotional reactions or affected by exceptional changes in one's situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Consualia (2016)

The infamous rape of the Sabine women occurred at the first Consualia in ancient Rome. Consus is said to have advised Romulus to abduct the Sabine women as wives for his supporters. The sanctuary dedicated to Consus in 272 BCE was located on the Aventine Hill in Rome, and sacrifices were held there during his festival. There were also horse and chariot races in the Circus Maximus, the large arena that lay between the Palatine and Aventine hills. Two festivals were actually held in honor of Consus—one on August 21 and the other on December 15. More...
In the News

Multiple Fatalities in Connecticut School Shooting

A gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning, killing 26 people, including 20 children. The alleged shooter, who is said to have been in his 20s, was found dead at the scene. He was reported to have been a son of a kindergarten teacher at the school who is believed to be among those who were killed. The shooting is one of the worst in US history. More...
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