Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

calque

Definition:(noun) An expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language.
Synonyms:loan translation
Usage: "Superman" is a calque for the German "Ubermensch."
Article of the Day

White

Scientifically speaking, white is the achromatic color of maximum lightness. Although we perceive it to be devoid of color, light that appears white to the human eye is actually a mixture of wavelengths of various colors. White has been used by artists and writers to symbolize and describe myriad things. French humorist Alphonse Allais is best known for his conceptual art piece, a blank white sheet of paper titled First Communion of Anemic Young Girls in the Snow. Why is snow white? More...
This Day in History

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne's chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne's famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More...
Today's Birthday

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (1957)

Lee is an American filmmaker whose movies often celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address problems such as racism, sexism, and addiction. He first gained recognition with his New York University graduation film in 1982. He went on to make Do the Right Thing, which focuses on the complexities of interracial relations, and Malcolm X, a biopic about the African-American leader. To prevent the use of his nickname, Lee sought legal action against whom in 2003? More...
Quotation of the Day
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

beer muscles

An inflated notion of one's strength, ego, or bravado due to excess consumption of alcohol (not necessarily beer). More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day is a public holiday commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
In the News

Study: How Shock Therapy Alleviates Depression

Electroconvulsive therapy, formerly known as shock therapy, has been used to treat mood disorders since the 1930s, yet scientists are only now determining how and why it works. Brain scans indicate that the controversial treatment, which uses electric currents to induce seizures in patients, dampens overactive connections between the parts of the brain that control mood and the parts responsible for thinking and concentrating. The findings are in line with current theories suggesting that hyperconnectivity between these brain regions plays a role in depression. More...
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