Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

buttery

Definition:(adjective) Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech.
Synonyms:fulsome, oleaginous, smarmy, unctuous, soapy, oily
Usage: John's buttery praise was getting him nowhere with our new boss, who was clearly astute enough to discern an attempt to curry favor.
Article of the Day

The Last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

One of history's great romantic heroines, Cleopatra was the last ruler of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty. From 51 BCE, she ruled successively with her two brother-husbands and then her son. The latter, she claimed, was fathered by Julius Caesar, who had become her lover after entering Egypt in 48 BCE in pursuit of Pompey. She was with Caesar in Rome when he was assassinated, after which she returned to Egypt and soon met her last husband, Mark Antony, Caesar's heir apparent. How does their story end? More...
This Day in History

US Department of Agriculture Is Created (1862)

US President Abraham Lincoln created the Department of Agriculture, which he referred to as the "people's department," at a time when most Americans were farmers. It played a key role in the survival of many during the Depression, and today it continues to ensure that those in need receive food. It also aids farmers, inspects meat and dairy products, oversees food stamp and school lunch programs, and administers national forests. Before Lincoln, the Agricultural Division was part of what office? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Avedon (1923)

A major figure in fashion photography, Avedon studied photography in the US Merchant Marine. He became a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar in the 1940s and was later was associated with Vogue. Known for his stark, black-and-white portraits of people in unusual poses, Avedon redefined fashion photography as an art form. However, many consider his magnum opus to be what 1985 book documenting something very different from fashion? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

in virtue of (something)

Due to something; because of something; by reason of something. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Dymphna's Day (2017)

According to legend, St. Dymphna fled with her priest to Geel, Belgium to escape her pagan father's demand for an incestuous marriage. St. Dymphna came to be known as the patron saint of the insane, and for centuries mental patients were brought to the site of her relics in Geel. Today there is a large, well-equipped sanatorium for the mentally ill in Geel. On May 15 special church services are held and a religious procession moves through the streets carrying a stone from St. Dymphna's alleged tomb—a relic that at one time was applied to patients as part of their therapy. More...
In the News

Boat Carrying Cyclone Evacuees Capsizes off Burmese Coast

A boat carrying about 100 people being evacuated ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to hit western Burma later in the week, capsized on Monday, and at least 50 of the passengers are feared dead. The evacuees were Rohingya Muslims who had been living in temporary camps in Rakhine after being displaced from their homes by violence last year. Tens of thousands of displaced people are living in vulnerable, low-lying, makeshift camps near the coast, and the evacuations were undertaken at the UN's urging. Sadly, a measure aimed at safegaurding the people instead hastened their deaths. More...
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