Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 08, 2017)
Word of the Day

granger

Definition:(noun) A person who operates a farm.
Synonyms:sodbuster, farmer, husbandman
Usage: Their lands had been bought long ago, and the grangers moved to the city to find work as manual laborers.
Article of the Day

Mimesis

Mimesis is the imitation or representation of nature and human behavior in art. According to Plato, all artistic works are mere imitations of that which exists. Because the substantive reality perceived by man is only a reflection of a higher truth, art is thrice removed from the truth. Aristotle believed that this necessary distance between life and its representation allows a play's audience to empathize with its characters and achieve catharsis. What Romantic poet theorized about mimesis? More...
This Day in History

President Lyndon B. Johnson Declares a "War on Poverty" (1964)

During his first State of the Union address, President Johnson outlined a vast program of economic and social welfare legislation designed to create what he termed the "Great Society." As part of this platform, Johnson called for a nationwide "War on Poverty" in response to a high national poverty rate. Johnson's call led Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act, legislation that established an agency to administer federal funds targeted against poverty. Did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (1912)

Ferrer was an American actor, director, and producer. He made his Broadway debut in 1935 and gained acclaim playing the starring role in Charley's Aunt (1940) and Iago in a 1943 Broadway production of Othello. A versatile actor with a rich and powerful voice, he appeared in many films, including The Caine Mutiny and Ship of Fools. In 1950, he won an Academy Award for his performance as the title character in what film version of a play that he had also starred in? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

hobby-horse

A subject, topic, or issue about which one frequently or incessantly talks, expounds, or complains. More...
Today's Holiday

Asarah be-Tevet (Fast of the Tenth of Tevet) (2017)

Asarah be-Tevet is a Jewish fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE that was a prelude to the destruction of the First Temple. The fast begins at first morning light on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet. In Israel it is also a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust. However, Jews outside Israel observe Yom ha-Shoah as Holocaust Memorial Day. More...
In the News

To Save an Elusive Porpoise from Extinction, the US Government Turns to Military Dolphins

Surprise raids on Mexican smuggling boats, international treaties, and outright fishing bans have done little to stop the steady decline of the vaquita, the world's smallest and possibly cutest porpoise. Now, in a last-ditch effort straight out of a ... More...
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