Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

nostrum

Definition:(noun) Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases.
Synonyms:cure-all, panacea, catholicon
Usage: Stay healthy, for science is no closer to a nostrum than alchemy was.
Article of the Day

Film Noir

Film noir is a style of film characterized by low-key lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, cynical characters who find themselves entangled in the criminal underworld. This dark genre, which gave rise to the film archetypes of the hardboiled private detective and the femme fatale, was especially popular in Hollywood in the 1940s. Classic examples of film noir include The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Who first coined the term film noir, and what does it mean? More...
This Day in History

First Emmy Awards for Excellence in Television (1949)

The Emmy Awards are given for outstanding achievement in US television. They are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1946 and which held the first award ceremony in 1949. Its members vote on outstanding programs, actors, directors, and writers in such categories as drama, comedy, and variety. The Emmy's name is taken from the nickname "immy" for the image orthicon, a television camera tube. Who won the very first Emmy? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Brittany (1477)

Upon her father's death in 1488, Anne became the sovereign duchess of Brittany—and her hand in marriage became very valuable. When she was forced to become queen of France by marrying Charles VIII at age 14, her marriage contract stipulated that whichever spouse survived the longest could keep Brittany. Charles died first, but Anne was then forced to marry his successor. Until her death, she fought in vain to preserve Brittany's autonomy within France. Who was technically her first husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Bhishma Ashtami (2018)

In Hindu mythology Bhishma was the son of King Shantanu. Shantanu then married a beautiful young maiden named Satyavati, who had two grandchildren by a son who had been born before she married the king. In the battle between the two groups of offspring, Bhishma was badly wounded. He waited on his death-bed of arrows for 58 days, during which he delivered many religious discourses. To this day, he is considered a great example of self-denial, loyalty, and devotion. During the festival held in his honor, libations are offered to Bhishma with barley, sesame, flowers, and water from the sacred Ganges River. More...
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