Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

clear-eyed

Definition:(adjective) Mentally acute or penetratingly discerning.
Synonyms:perspicacious
Usage: John's clear-eyed assessment of the company's problems saved it from bankruptcy.
Article of the Day

Art Brut: Outsider Art

French for "raw art," art brut, or outsider art, is art produced outside the established art world, particularly crude or obscene works created by the untrained or mentally ill. The term was coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet, who regarded such works as the purest form of expression. The first well-known outsider artist was psychiatric patient Adolf Wölfli, who produced a vast body of work, including an illustrated 45-volume epic about his transformation from a knight into what? More...
This Day in History

Winston Churchill Delivers His "Finest Hour" Speech (1940)

Churchill delivered his celebrated "Finest Hour" speech after it became clear that France's surrender to Germany was imminent and that this would bring the Nazi enemy to England's doorstep. Churchill had been prime minister for just over a month when he delivered the 36-minute speech before the House of Commons. Warning that England would soon face attack, he tried to inspire courage, justify confidence in victory, and define the noble causes that Britain was fighting for, which were what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Montgomery Flagg (1877)

A prolific American artist and illustrator, Flagg designed 45 military posters during WWI, including the famous "I Want You" portrait of Uncle Sam. He studied abroad in England and Paris and, upon returning to New York, rapidly won a reputation as a technically skilled, versatile, and vivacious illustrator. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, he contributed to Judge, Life, St. Nicholas, and other magazines. On whose face did Flagg model his well-known Uncle Sam? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in its infancy

In the early, nascent period of development or implementation. (Typically of an area of activity, interest, research, etc.) More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles National Day (2017)

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More...
In the News

Man Writing Kindness Memoir Shot Himself

An American hitchhiker who claimed to have been a victim of a drive-by shooting while gathering material for a memoir on kindness actually shot himself, likely to draw publicity to his project, police said. Ray Dolin originally reported to police that he was hitchhiking along a rural Montana road when the driver of a pickup truck pulled up next to him and shot him for no apparent reason. A man driving a pickup truck that matched Dolin's description of the alleged shooter's vehicle was subsequently arrested. Dolin later admitted to police that he had shot himself, and the charges against the man arrested for the shooting have been dropped. More...
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