Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

pedantic

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.
Synonyms:donnish, academic
Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him.
Article of the Day

The Animated Cartoon

An animated cartoon is a moving picture generated by photographing a series of drawings, objects, or computer graphics frame by frame, and recording the very slight, continuous changes in the images that then simulate motion. Paleolithic cave paintings show early attempts to capture motion in drawings, as animals are depicted with superimposed sets of legs. In the 19th century, flip books created the illusion of motion in drawings, and the first animated projection appeared in 1892. What was it? More...
This Day in History

Circus Acrobat Otto Witte Crowned King of Albania? (1913)

Witte was a German citizen and circus acrobat who claimed to have impersonated his way into being crowned King of Albania in 1913—by some accounts, on August 13. According to Witte, he enjoyed the royal harem and reigned for several days before being discovered as an impostor. Though he was likely lying, his story was picked up by several publications, including Time magazine. What novel may have given Witte the idea for his story, and what other novel was then based on Witte? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Stone (1818)

In 1847, Stone became the first Massachusetts woman to graduate college. Not long after, she began speaking on women's rights. An effective orator, she is said to have swayed antagonistic audiences and inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. She kept her own name after marriage as a protest against the unequal laws applied to married women, and others who did the same called themselves "Lucy Stoners." She caused an uproar by wearing "bloomers." What were they, and why were they so named? More...
Quotation of the Day
Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

knock Anthony

obsolete To knock one's knees together while walking or running (i.e., be "knock-kneed"). More...
Today's Holiday

Jour de Fête de Ste. Genevieve (2017)

Ste. Genevieve became the first permanent settlement in the state of Missouri when the French arrived in 1725. At one time it rivaled St. Louis in size and importance, and the town still prides itself on its authentic 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The annual Jour de Fête that has been held in mid-August each year since 1965 not only celebrates the area's French heritage but is a German and Spanish festival as well. Historic homes dating back to 1770 are opened to the public, people dress in colonial costumes, and arts and crafts are on display. More...
In the News

Ethicists Unanimously Approve Use of Experimental Ebola Drugs

A panel of ethicists called together by the World Health Organization has unanimously agreed that, given the scope of the current Ebola outbreak and its climbing death toll, it is ethical to offer experimental treatments to the afflicted so long as certain criteria are met. When providing these interventions, the panel insisted, healthcare providers must be transparent about all aspects of patient care. There must be informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity, and communal involvement. Moreover, health workers are morally obligated to collect and share all data generated from the use of these drugs. More...
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