Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

self-righteous

Definition:(adjective) Excessively or hypocritically pious.
Synonyms:holier-than-thou, pharisaic, sanctimonious, pietistic
Usage: My self-righteous neighbor Mary makes herself out to be a paragon of virtue and chastity, but I know that she has some dirty little secrets of her own.
Article of the Day

Winklepickers

A staple of rock-and-roll fashion in Britain from the 1950s onward, winklepicker shoes and boots are noted for their extremely pointed toes. They were originally worn by both male and female rock-and-roll fans, and later became popular with the mod and punk subcultures as well. Their association with the music scene continues to this day, as they are worn by members of bands such as Kings of Leon and The Horrors. From what kitchen utensil did winklepickers derive their unusual name? More...
This Day in History

The Hagia Sophia Is Completed (537 CE)

Distinguished by its size and rising succession of domes, the Hagia Sophia is the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. First a church, later a mosque, and now a museum, it was designed under Justinian I by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus and completed in less than six years. Its combination of a longitudinal basilica with a main building was wholly original in the sixth century, as was its use of pendentives. The Hagia Sophia stands on the site of what earlier structure? More...
Today's Birthday

Marlene Dietrich (1901)

Dietrich was a German actress and singer. Abandoning an early ambition to be a violinist, she turned to acting and gained international attention as a femme fatale in The Blue Angel (1930). She then moved to Hollywood, where she starred in a series of films that established her glamorous and sophisticated persona. Resisting Nazi pressure to return to Germany, she became a US citizen in 1939. During WWII, she regularly entertained Allied troops, appearing before them how many times? More...
Quotation of the Day
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

here you are

Here is what you needed or asked for; I present this to you. More...
Today's Holiday

Dian Fossey Day (2016)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her gravesite. More...
In the News

Police to Investigate Bogside's Bloody Sunday

Forty years ago, British Army soldiers shot and killed 13 civil rights protesters in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, and injured 14 others. An initial investigation, held in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, largely cleared the soldiers and British authorities, but a second inquiry completed in 2010 found that the Army had fired the first shots and was to blame for the bloodshed. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the events that transpired on that Bloody Sunday, but a criminal investigation is now being undertaken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and could lead to charges against the soldiers involved. More...
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