Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

mutable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature.
Synonyms:changeable
Usage: The concierge warned me that the island's mutable weather patterns could interfere with our plans for an outdoor wedding, but our big day turned out to be sunny and mild.
Article of the Day

The Hermitage

One of the oldest and largest museums in the world, the Hermitage was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 but was not opened to the public until nearly a century later. It occupies a complex of historic buildings and palaces in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and is home to more than three million artifacts and works of art—including the largest collection of paintings in the world. In 1985, what bizarre incident befell Rembrandt's painting Danaë, necessitating years of restoration work? More...
This Day in History

First "Fireside Chat" by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933)

The "fireside chats" were a series of informal radio speeches delivered by president Roosevelt beginning in 1933, when the US was in the midst of the Great Depression and a third of Americans were unemployed. With his calm manner and simple way of explaining issues, Roosevelt discussed such issues as the banking crisis, the New Deal program, and the drought. During WWII, he reported on the progress of the war and discussed national defense. How many fireside chats did he deliver in all? More...
Today's Birthday

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890)

Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and ballet's first modernist choreographer. One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, he performed spectacular leaps with unrivaled grace. During his career, his innovations were considered both scandalous and revolutionary. He had a romantic relationship with his mentor, Sergey Diaghilev, who dismissed him from the Ballets Russes when he married a Hungarian countess. A few years later, acute schizophrenia ended his career. Did he and Diaghilev ever reconcile? More...
Quotation of the Day
The doctrine of innate ideas is one of the most admirable faiths of philosophy, being itself an innate idea and therefore inaccessible to disproof...Among innate ideas may be mentioned the belief...in the greatness of one's country, in the superiority of one's civilization, in the importance of one's personal affairs, and in the interesting nature of one's diseases.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauritius Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the day in 1968 when Mauritius gained independence from Britain, after being under its rule since the early 19th century. More...
In the News

Tensions Rising on Korean Peninsula

International relations on the Korean Peninsula are deteriorating, with Pyongyang declaring invalid the armistice that ended the Korean War and severing a cross-border hotline. It blamed new UN sanctions and joint US-South Korean military drills—both of which it labeled acts of war—for prompting it to take such action. While this is not the first time North Korea has done either of these things, tensions are high, and there is concern that hostilities could escalate. More...
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