Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

remodel

Definition:(verb) Do over, as of (part of) a house.
Synonyms:redo, reconstruct
Usage: We were on a tight budget and bought the fixer-upper knowing that it would take us years to completely remodel the house.
Article of the Day

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini was an Italian writer and film director. A former Roman Catholic and a Marxist, he brought a religious and social consciousness to his work, but the eroticism and violence of his films drew criticism from religious authorities. His final work, Salo, was based on a Marquis de Sade novel and generated immense controversy. Shortly after its completion in 1975, Pasolini was murdered under mysterious circumstances, allegedly while on his way to meet with thieves who had stolen what? More...
This Day in History

Napoleonic Code Adopted in France (1804)

One of Napoleon's first priorities after coming to power was revising the outdated French legal system. The resulting code was a clear framework of laws regarding property, family, and personal rights, replacing an antiquated, confusing patchwork of feudal laws. The code has since been amended but remains in effect in France. In the 200 years since it was enacted, the code has also influenced the laws of many European countries, the US state of Louisiana, and what Middle Eastern country? More...
Today's Birthday

Florenz Ziegfeld (1869)

An American theatrical producer, Ziegfeld was best known for his Ziegfeld Follies, a series of lavish Broadway revues he produced for 24 years beginning in 1907. Combining comedy, pageantry, and beautiful women, the successful shows made Ziegfeld a legend while launching the careers of stars such as Will Rogers and Fanny Brice. He also produced the hit musical Show Boat in 1927. What actress first suggested the idea of the Follies to Ziegfeld? More...
Quotation of the Day
For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

hard-luck story

A typically self-pitying tale of misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc., told especially to gain sympathy or charity from others. More...
Today's Holiday

Sitala Ashtami (2017)

Sitala Ashtami is a Hindu festival honoring Sitala, goddess of smallpox. She is named for the chill typically experienced during high fever. She is believed to have the power to protect people from smallpox, and her blessings are invoked for protection against the disease. On this day, Hindu women visit the nearest Sitala shrine in the morning, offering the goddess rice, homemade sweets, cooked food, and holy water mixed with milk. In some places colorful fairs are held near Sitala's shrines, and there is merry-making, dancing, feasting, and the buying and selling of wares. More...
In the News

Israel Says No to Underweight Models

In an effort to reduce the incidence of eating disorders and promote a healthy body image, the Israeli government has passed a law prohibiting the use of underweight models on runways and in ad campaigns and requiring advertisers to disclose whether an image was altered to make a model appear thinner. The new legislation requires every model to provide medical proof, in the form of a recent doctor's report, certifying that he or she has a body mass index of at least 18.5. More...
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