Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

supercilious

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or showing haughty disdain.
Synonyms:haughty, prideful, sniffy, swaggering, lordly, disdainful
Usage: He smiled in a supercilious manner and said I had better do as I was asked.
Article of the Day

Monticello

Monticello—"little mountain" in Italian—is the estate designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, based on the classical style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Located near Charlottesville, Virginia, it was Jefferson's home for 56 years and was built on property he inherited from his father. Today, the site operates as a museum and is the only home in the US that has been designated a World Heritage Site. What forced Jefferson's daughter to sell the estate? More...
This Day in History

District of Columbia Established as US Capital (1790)

Adopted in 1787, the US Constitution allowed for the establishment of a capital city that could govern itself, but it did not stipulate a location. While it was agreed that the capital should not be in any one state, its placement was hotly debated. In 1790, Congress struck a compromise between the North and South, establishing a capital on the Potomac River. The exact location was chosen by President George Washington. District residents were unable to vote in presidential elections until when? More...
Today's Birthday

Ginger Rogers (1911)

Rogers was an Oscar-winning American actress and dancer—most notably as Fred Astaire's partner. Their first appearance together was in 1933's Flying Down to Rio. Though they were not given star billing, they stole the show and went on to make nine more films together. Rogers also starred in several non-musical roles and, by 1945, was one of the highest paid performers in Hollywood. She was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1992. Why were parts of the event prohibited from being televised? More...
Quotation of the Day
I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

snatch (someone) from the jaws of death

To rescue someone at the last moment from near or certain death. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa del Redentore (2017)

Festa del Redentore, or Feast of the Redeemer, is celebrated in Venice, Italy. It marks the end of the plague in the late 16th century, when the people of Venice dedicated a church on Giudecca Island to Jesus the Redeemer and vowed to visit it every year. They continue to keep their promise by building a bridge of boats across the Giudecca and Grand canals, across which worshippers can walk back and forth during the celebration. During the festival the cafes, canals, and the church are decorated with lights. When the bridge of boats closes around nine o'clock, a fireworks display begins. More...
In the News

Preventing Alzheimer's

Researchers say a third of the world's Alzheimer's cases are preventable. They found that diabetes, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking, and poor education are all risk factors in the development of Alzheimer's that can potentially be addressed to reduce risk. According to their calculations, reducing each risk factor by 10 percent could prevent nearly nine million cases of Alzheimer's by 2050. More...
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