Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

opprobrious

Definition:(adjective) Expressing contemptuous reproach; bringing disgrace.
Synonyms:abusive, scornful, shameful, ignominious
Usage: His opprobrious conduct during an assembly earned him a series of Saturday detentions.
Article of the Day

Heirloom Plants

An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Most food crops are now grown in huge, monocultural plots owned by corporations, and few varieties of each type of crop are grown. The increasing popularity of heirloom gardening can be seen as a reaction to this trend. Why is 1951 a key year for heirloom gardeners? More...
This Day in History

United Negro College Fund Established (1944)

Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Karel Appel (1921)

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. What was done to censor Appel's controversial fresco in Amsterdam City Hall? More...
Quotation of the Day
One may be continually abusive without saying any thing just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

in one blow

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. More...
Today's Holiday

Feria de San Marcos (Fair of St. Mark) (2017)

The Fair of St. Mark, which is held annually for nearly a month in Aguascalientes, dates back to the early 17th century and remains one of Mexico's most famous fiestas. It is primarily a showcase for the country's more than 200 forms of ritual and folk dance, each of which has its own meaning, mythology, history, and pageantry. There are also commercial and art exhibits, cockfights, bullfights, sports competitions, parades, and a battle of flowers. More...
In the News

Scientists Trick Subjects into Feeling Invisible

Your brain's sense that your body is your body is something you probably take for granted. But new research shows that in just seconds, your brain will readily accept a full-body illusion as truth. Even if that illusion is that... More...
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