Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

corpuscle

Definition:(noun) (Nontechnical usage) A tiny piece of anything.
Synonyms:mote, particle, speck, atom, molecule
Usage: I would not touch one corpuscle of that germ-ridden filth.
Article of the Day

The Mukden Incident

The Mukden Incident was a false flag operation engineered by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for invading Manchuria, in northern China. On September 18, 1931, a Japanese lieutenant detonated a small quantity of dynamite close to a railroad owned by a Japanese company. Accusing Chinese dissidents of the act, the Imperial Japanese Army responded with a full invasion and occupation and set up a puppet state within six months. What was the name of the state established by the Japanese? More...
This Day in History

Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens in New York City (1872)

"The Met" is the foremost repository of art in the US, with a collection of more than two million works of art. Established for the purpose of encouraging the study of fine art, the museum opened in 1872 with just one stone sarcophagus and 174 paintings. However, the collection quickly outgrew its gallery space and in 1880 was moved to its iconic present-day location on the eastern edge of Central Park. In recent decades, the Met has used what controversial practice to acquire high-quality art? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansel Adams (1902)

Adams was an American photographer famous for his black-and-white landscape photographs and for his many books about photography, including a series of technical instruction manuals: The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. He invented the "zone system," a technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, and advocated a more sharply focused and composed style of photography than was in vogue at the time. What initially spurred his interest in photography? More...
Quotation of the Day
A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

heavy-footed

Clumsy, ponderous, or lumbering in gait or tread. More...
Today's Holiday

Presidents' Day (2017)

The passage of Public Law 90-363 in 1968, also known as the "Monday Holiday Law," changed the observance of Washington's Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Because it occurs so soon after Lincoln's Birthday, many states—such as Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—combine the two holidays and call it Presidents' Day or Washington-Lincoln Day. Some regard it as a day to honor all former presidents of the United States. More...
In the News

Who Was Charlie Chaplin?

One of the most iconic film stars of the early 20th century, Charlie Chaplin may not have been who he claimed. At the request of US authorities, who suspected Chaplin of being a communist sympathizer, British intelligence launched an investigation into the actor's background in the 1950s but came up empty-handed. Chaplin claimed to have been born in London on April 16, 1889, but newly declassified MI5 documents reveal that agents could find no record of his birth anywhere. The report concludes that Chaplin was either born outside the country or had a different name at birth. More...
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