Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

wanderlust

Definition:(noun) Very strong or irresistible impulse to travel.
Synonyms:itchy feet
Usage: His wanderlust would not allow him to stay long in one spot.
Article of the Day

The Putto

The chubby, usually naked infants with wings that often appear in Renaissance sculpture and paintings are called putti. Putto is the Italian word for "boy," and the cherubic putti found in artwork are usually male. Putti were seen primarily on sarcophagi of the 2nd century before experiencing a revival in 15th-century Italy, thanks largely to the work of Donatello, and becoming a common feature of Baroque ceiling frescoes. What other artist painted well-known representations of putti? More...
This Day in History

Kyoto Protocol Is Adopted (1997)

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement to fight global warming that calls on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. It was adopted during a UN Conference on Climate Change held in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. Later that year, international representatives settled the details necessary to convert the agreement into a binding international treaty, and it came into force in 2005 after ratification by more than 125 nations. What nations declined to adopt the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Hector Berlioz (1803)

Berlioz was a French Romantic composer. He studied music in Paris against his parents' wishes, and his first great score, Symphonie fantastique, became a landmark of the Romantic era. An impassioned and contentious critic, he was constantly at war with the musical establishment. Although he was the most compelling French musical figure of his time, his distinctive compositional style kept almost all his music out of the repertory until the mid-20th century. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have a/the wolf by the ear(s)

To be in a difficult situation from which it is as dangerous to extricate oneself as it is to remain in it. More...
Today's Holiday

Christkindlesmarkt (2016)

Christkindlesmarkt is the biggest and best known of the Christmas markets of Germany. The market in Bavaria, Germany, has been held since 1697 in the city's Hauptmarkt ("main market"); more than 100 booths are set up to offer only goods directly related to Christmas, and food booths sell Nuremberg's specialties—Lebkuchen, or gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmannlein, which are little people-shaped confections. The three-week festival is inaugurated with choral singing, the pealing of church bells, and illumination of a creche. More...
In the News

Mid-East Plan to Replenish the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is dying—well, dwindling; the landlocked salt lake, the lowest body of water on Earth, is receding by as much as 3.3 ft (1 m) every year. The lake is fed primarily by the Jordan River, whose waters have been increasingly used for irrigation, greatly reducing inflow to the Dead Sea. Concerns about the loss of this unique natural resource have superseded political divisions, with Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority coming together on a water-sharing deal aimed at replenishing the Dead Sea via a pipeline that will carry Red Sea brine to it from Jordan. Under the agreement, Israel will also provide more drinking water to Jordan and the Palestinian territories. More...
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