Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

varlet

Definition:(noun) A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.
Synonyms:knave, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scallywag
Usage: What a brazen-fac'd varlet art thou, to deny thou knowest me!
Article of the Day

Ondine

In folklore, an ondine is a female water nymph who can acquire a soul by marrying a human man and bearing a child. The legend is the subject of many works of fiction, including German novelist Baron de La Motte-Fouqué's fairy tale Undine and French dramatist Jean Giraudoux's play Ondine. In some versions of the myth, Ondine curses an unfaithful partner to stop breathing if he ever falls asleep. This tale gives its name to Ondine's curse, a real medical condition involving what? More...
This Day in History

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss Premieres (1911)

Still regularly performed, Der Rosenkavalier is one of the most acclaimed comic operas of Richard Strauss, the leading composer of romantic opera in the early 20th century. It is loosely based on the works of Molière and Louvet de Couvrai and tells the story of the shifting romantic attachments of four principal characters. Strauss, who often abandoned tonality to emphasize the humor or drama of a scene, composed Der Rosenkavalier in collaboration with what poet? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Leonard Newman (1925)

Newman was an American actor who captured the darker, less heroic aspects of his best-remembered roles, such as those in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting. After eight nominations, he finally won an Academy Award for The Color of Money in 1986. In 1982, he launched his "Newman's Own" line of food products, donating the profits to various charitable causes. Why was Newman once placed on Richard Nixon's enemies list? More...
Quotation of the Day
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

hot desking

The act or practice of sharing desks or workstations between employees in an office so as to cut down on the amount of office space required. More...
Today's Holiday

Douglas MacArthur Day (2017)

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), five-star general and supreme commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, was born on this day in Little Rock, Arkansas. After the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it was MacArthur who supervised the surrender ceremony in Tokyo. He directed the demobilization of Japanese military forces and the drafting of a new constitution. His birthday is observed in his home state of Arkansas, where he is widely remembered as one of the state's most famous sons. More...
In the News

Frog Is World's Smallest Vertebrate

The Brazilian gold frog, Brachycephalus didactylus, and the Monte Iberia Eleuth, Eleutherodactylus iberia, have been unseated as the world's smallest frogs by the newly discovered Paedophryne amauensis. Just .27 inches (7 mm) long, the tiny frog is also the world's smallest known vertebrate, a title formerly held by a fish known as Paedocypris progenetica. After hearing what sounded like an insect's call coming from a pile of leaves on the forest floor in Papua New Guinea, researchers discovered the tiny frog that was the source of the sound. More...
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