Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

abidance

Definition:(noun) Adherence.
Synonyms:compliance, conformity
Usage: In my parents' household, strict abidance by the rules was required, so naturally I rebelled.
Article of the Day

Synesthesia: Hearing Colors and Tasting Sounds

Synesthesia is a condition in which one type of sensory stimulus evokes sensations associated with a different sense, as when hearing a sound stimulates the visualization of a color. Approximately 1 in 2,000 people have the condition, and most of those affected are female. Synesthesia can result in a number of cross-sensory experiences, but it most commonly manifests as a grapheme-color interchange. Which Russian painter, regarded by some as the originator of abstract art, had synesthesia? More...
This Day in History

French Foreign Legion Founded (1831)

The French Foreign Legion is a unit of the French Army largely composed of foreigners and commanded by French officers. It was created by King Louis Phillipe in 1831 to keep potential dissidents busy fighting for France rather than against it. Because enlistment historically required no official identification, many criminals joined under assumed names to hide their unsavory backgrounds. What are the two ways foreign-born legionnaires can earn the right to apply for French citizenship? More...
Today's Birthday

Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (1844)

Sarasate was a Spanish violinist and composer. He began studying the violin with his bandmaster father at age five, and at his first public concert at age eight, he impressed a wealthy patron and was sent to study in Madrid. There, Queen Isabel II gave him the Stradivarius violin that he would play for the rest of his life. He made his Paris debut in 1860 and commenced touring the world. He wrote scores of brilliant virtuoso works, some of which are still played today. Where are his violins now? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

horse and rabbit stew

A situation comprised of both crude or unpleasant things as well those which are pleasing or beneficial, usually with the former in greater proportion to the latter. Used especially in reference to economics or business. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2017)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Ocean Deep Is Surprisingly Noisy

Seven miles below the surface of the sea, the Challenger Deep is the deepest spot in the Mariana Trench and thus on Earth. The only light is that produced by animals that use photoluminescence; no sunlight can penetrate even close to these waters. Such ... More...
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