Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

glutton

Definition:(noun) A person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
Synonyms:gourmand, gorger, gannet, gobbler, pig
Usage: He is a real glutton when it comes to junk food, but somehow he stays skinny as a toothpick.
Article of the Day

Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys had already pioneered California rock—guitar-oriented songs about girls and surfing—when Brian Wilson resolved to create "the greatest rock album ever made." Wilson's new arrangements, full of sweeping harmonies and sounds ranging from the electro-theremin to the bicycle bell, made up the 1966 album Pet Sounds. Its songs—including "God Only Knows" and "You Still Believe in Me"—shocked his bandmates but enthralled listeners. What album inspired Wilson's creative quest? More...
This Day in History

The Dayton Agreement Is Signed in Paris, France (1995)

The Dayton Agreement was a peace agreement that put an end to the Bosnian War that began in 1992. The accord was the result of a meeting between Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian leaders under US auspices in Dayton, Ohio. It called for a Bosnian republic with a central government and two semiautonomous regions roughly equal in size—one dominated by Serbs and the other by Bosniaks and Croats in federation. Later signed in Paris, the accord also provided for the dispatch of what military force? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel De Leon (1852)

A newspaper editor, De Leon joined the Socialist Labor Party in the US in 1890 and soon became one of its leaders. He led a radical faction that seceded from the Knights of Labor in 1895 and formed the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance (STLA). The STLA was later absorbed by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which he helped found in 1905. After being refused a seat at a 1908 IWW convention by extremists who favored violent tactics over political action, he founded what organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

be had up (for something)

To be indicted, arrested, and/or tried (for a crime). More...
Today's Holiday

Whirling Dervish Festival (2016)

Each year, up to a million people flood Konya, Turkey, on the anniversary of the death of the poet and Sufi Islamic mystic Jelaluddin al-Rumi. Rumi's teachings are the basis for the Sufi Muslim order known as Mevlevi, which uses music and dance to experience spiritual ecstasy. Leading up to December 17, thousands of visitors arrive to partake in exhibits and lectures related to Rumi and the Mevlevi order. At the climax of the festival, the Mevlevis perform their whirling dance, wearing costumes that feature white trousers, a full white overskirt, and tall cylindrical hats. More...
In the News

Aspartame Deemed Safe

Ever since the sugar substitute aspartame came on the market in the 1980s, it has been dogged by rumors that it causes a host of adverse health effects. Over the years, it has been blamed for everything from premature births to cancer to behavioral problems in children. Yet, a comprehensive study by the European Food Safety Authority concludes that the sweetener is safe at current consumption levels and poses no health danger, except to those who suffer from a rare genetic defect known as phenylketonuria. More...
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