Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

skimpy

Definition:(adjective) Containing little excess.
Synonyms:lean
Usage: When the car repairs maxed out my already skimpy budget, I knew my shopping days were over.
Article of the Day

Bushido

Bushido, which means "way of the warrior," is a code of conduct of the Japanese samurai class. Along with self-discipline, honor, and austerity, the code emphasized the samurai's obligation to his lord, which superseded even familial ties. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 effectively ended feudalism and returned power to the emperor, the samurai's obligation of loyalty and sacrifice shifted, becoming the basis for the cult of emperor worship. What is hara-kiri? More...
This Day in History

The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)

In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelly Sachs (1891)

Sachs was a German poet, translator, and dramatist. Born to a prosperous family, Sachs wrote poems mainly for fun until the advent of Nazism darkened her work and forced her to flee on one of the last flights to Sweden. Her lyrics from those years combine lean simplicity with intense imagery. Collections of her poetry include The Seeker and O the Chimneys. What other poet developed a deep friendship with Sachs, which unfortunately exacerbated both poets' mental illnesses? More...
Quotation of the Day
Egotist, n.: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

lazy-bones

A particularly lazy or indolent person. More...
Today's Holiday

Nobel Prize Ceremony (2017)

Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his estate be used to fund five annual prizes. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901; a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969. Winners receive the awards at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. More...
In the News

Belgian Fries May Become Official Cultural Treasure

Belgian potato fries are poised to join the likes of Argentinian tango and Turkish coffee. Fry-selling establishments—called fritkots—are extremely common throughout Belgium, and Belgian fries could eventually join 314 other items recognized by UNESCO, the cultural branch of the United Nations, as an official piece of cultural heritage. The government of the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders already deems Belgian fries a key part of national culture, and Belgium's French and German-speaking communities are expected to debate the issue next year. More...
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