Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

asperity

Definition:(noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Synonyms:sharpness
Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant.
Article of the Day

Flamenco

Flamenco is a Spanish music and dance style typically associated with the Andalusian Romani, or Gitano. It is vigorous and rhythmic, characterized by colorful costumes, erotic movements, foot stamping, and hand clapping. The result is a brilliant, noisy, and passionate dance. Flamenco music is believed to have emerged in the early 19th century from the cante jondo—"deep song"—of Andalusia, a highly emotional and tragic type of song accompanied by guitar. What is "nuevo flamenco"? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

knock (one's) head against a/the wall

To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless. More...
Today's Holiday

Daimonji Okuribi (2017)

In Japan, the belief that the souls of the dead return to earth during the Obon Festival gave rise to the custom of lighting great bonfires to guide the souls back to heaven after their yearly visit. This custom is known as Daimonji Okuribi, the Great Bonfire Event. In the city of Kyoto, an enormous flammable structure, built in the shape of the Chinese character dai, meaning "big," is set on fire on the hill in back of the Zenrinji Temple. The character is 530 feet tall and 510 feet wide, providing a spectacular display for city residents. More...
In the News

Music Can Help Improve Children's Reading Skills

When funds are tight and schools are forced to cut programming, the arts are typically the first things on the chopping block, despite mounting evidence that art education improves academic performance. Music education, for example, has been shown to improve concentration, memory, and focus in the classroom. For children raised in impoverished environments, it can even help improve reading skills and sound and language processing. These gains appear to persist long term, even after the music lessons have ended. More...
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