Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 2, 2013)
Word of the Day

circumnavigate

Definition:(verb) Travel around, either by plane or ship.
Synonyms:compass
Usage: Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe.
Article of the Day

Assemblage

Assemblage is an artistic process in which a three-dimensional composition is made from combining found objects. In 1961, "The Art of Assemblage" exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art publicized the movement and featured many renowned artists, including Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso, both of whom had been working with found objects for years. The term "assemblage" originated in the early 1950s when Jean Dubuffet created a series of collages of butterfly wings and called it what? More...
This Day in History

First Wal-Mart Store Opens in Rogers, Arkansas (1962)

Now the world's largest corporation, the Walmart chain of superstores was founded by Sam Walton, a former US Army Captain with an economics degree. Walton owned and ran a chain of five-and-dime stores in Arkansas before he opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962. In the 50 years since, the company, which sells brand-name goods in high volume at low prices, has flourished. It now has 8,500 stores operating in over a dozen countries. What was the last US state to get a Walmart? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Hesse (1877)

Hesse was German novelist and poet who wrote about the individual's search for spiritual fulfillment, often through mysticism. His major works include Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. At around the time of his death in 1962, his novels began to enjoy a revival of popularity due to their association with some of the themes of the 1960s counterculture movement. What fellow German writers did Hesse help to escape from the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
Boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not danger, and inconveniences.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

it ain't over till/until the fat lady sings

The final outcome cannot be assumed or determined until a given situation, event, etc., is completely finished. ("Ain't" is a colloquial contraction of "is not.") The phrase refers to the stereotypically overweight female sopranos of the opera, particularly the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, whose aria concludes Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is often used in reference to organized competitions, such as sporting events, political elections, or the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Fillmore Jazz Festival (2017)

Sponsored by the Fillmore Merchants Association in San Francisco, California, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the western United States. The festival comprises two full days and nights of musical entertainment on three stages, held on the weekend closest to Independence Day. In addition to offering performances of standards from the 20th-century golden age of jazz, the lineup features local and national acts offering funk, fusion, salsa, Afro-rhythms, and R&B. More...
In the News

Visit Thy Father and Mother

Filial piety, that is, respecting and caring for one's parents and ancestors, is a central precept of Confucianism, but cultural shifts in China have reportedly begun to erode this sense of obligation. Cases of elder abuse and neglect appear to be on the rise in China, a trend that dismayed lawmakers are trying to combat with a new law obligating adult children to visit their elderly parents or face possible fines or jail time. The wording of the law is not particularly detailed, leading many to question how and if it will actually be enforced. More...
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