Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

uproarious

Definition:(adjective) Marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter.
Synonyms:hilarious, screaming
Usage: My brother spent the evening regaling us with uproarious tales of the pranks he and his bunkmates used to play on the other campers.
Article of the Day

Pointe Shoes

Women began to dance in ballets in 1681, but dancing en pointe—on the tips of the toes—was a 19th-century development that necessitated a new type of shoe. Pointe shoes have two special features that enable this sort of dancing: the box and shank. The box, made of layers of paper or fabric, encases and supports the dancer's toes and forms a platform upon which she may balance. The shank, meanwhile, provides arch support. How long does a pair of pointe shoes typically last? More...
This Day in History

The First Geneva Convention Is Signed (1864)

After witnessing firsthand the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers left without aid on a battlefield in Italy, Jean-Henri Dunant returned to his native Switzerland and began campaigning for the humane treatment of war wounded. This prompted an international conference that resulted in the First Geneva Convention, an international agreement protecting neutral medical personnel and wounded soldiers. The Red Cross was also founded as a direct result of his efforts. What battle inspired him? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908)

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered the father of photojournalism. His works, which were unmanipulated and achieved with simple techniques, are remarkable for their flawless capture of a situation's "decisive moment." He served in World War II and escaped a Nazi prison camp after three years to dig up a camera he had previously buried. He hated being photographed and was fiercely private. He claimed to have confided his secrets in someone he would never meet again. Who? More...
Quotation of the Day
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(someone) (just) doesn't know when to quit

Someone would be better off not doing something or acting a certain way because it is or may become destructive, counterproductive, futile, or undesirable. More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2017)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Mom Develops Bricking App to Get Kids to Call Back

A mother tired of her children repeatedly ignoring her calls decided to do something about it. Her new app, Ignore No More, allows parents to remotely lock their children's phones, blocking texting, gaming, Internet services, and all calling except calls to authorized "parent" contacts and emergency services. In this way, the app effectively forces unresponsive youngsters to check in with mom or dad if they want to regain access to their devices. The app has gotten mixed responses, with some applauding it as a helpful parenting tool and others criticizing it as overly controlling. What is your opinion? More...
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