Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

flippant

Definition:(adjective) Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness.
Synonyms:frivolous, irreverent, saucy, glib, pert, impertinent, impudent
Usage: When a sensible woman has a serious question put to her, and evades it by a flippant answer, it is a sure sign, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, that she has something to conceal.
Article of the Day

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke is generally considered the German language's greatest 20th century lyric poet. His compositions are generally characterized by striking visual imagery, musicality, and a preponderant use of nouns. His writings include one novel, the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge; several collections of poetry, among them Sonnets to Orpheus and Duino Elegies; and several volumes of correspondence. How did a rose thorn supposedly hasten his death? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)

Early in the American Revolution and soon after the battles of Lexington and Concord, colonial troops laid siege to Boston. When they began occupying hills overlooking the city, newly reinforced British troops attacked. After two failed assaults, a third charge dislodged the Americans, who had run out of gunpowder. Though the British technically won, their unexpectedly heavy casualties were a psychological blow, and American morale soared. On what hill was the battle actually fought—and why? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles François Gounod (1818)

Gounod was French composer who also studied for the priesthood and worked as an organist. Throughout his life, he remained torn between the theatre and the church. His reputation largely rests on his hugely popular 1859 opera, Faust, but he also wrote 15 lesser-known operas, 17 masses, more than 150 songs, and two symphonies. One of his short pieces, "Funeral March of a Marionette," became well-known—albeit not by name—as the theme to what popular TV show beginning in the 1950s? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

be brought in from the cold

To be allowed to join or participate in a group from which one was previously excluded; to be accepted in a certain social setting. More...
Today's Holiday

Alabama Blueberry Festival (2017)

The Alabama Blueberry Festival is a one-day celebration of the blueberry in Brewton, which is in the only area of Alabama still shipping blueberries commercially. The celebration, dedicated to Dr. W. T. Brightwell, whose improved varieties of the Rabbiteye blueberry were introduced here in 1961, features tours of the local blueberry farms. Events include live entertainment, children's rides, arts and crafts, an antique car show, a food contest, and food booths selling all kinds of locally prepared blueberry dishes, among them cobbler, waffles, ice cream and cakes. More...
In the News

Elephant Poaching Slightly Down in Africa, Still Dangerously High

Poachers killed more than 20,000 African elephants in 2013, far in excess of the elephants' birth rate, meaning that their future remains under threat. Still, this number is slightly lower than it's been in recent years, and there are signs that efforts to stem the illegal ivory trade are having some effect. Chinese demand for illegal ivory seems to have dropped slightly, while demand for legal mammoth ivory has risen, suggesting that there is a growing awareness of the true cost of the elephant ivory trade and a willingness to find other alternatives. More...
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