Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

sloven

Definition:(noun) One who is habitually careless in personal appearance or work.
Synonyms:slob, pig
Usage: I could better eat with one who did not respect the truth or the laws than with a sloven and unpresentable person.
Article of the Day

Buddhist Art

Buddhist art originated on the Indian subcontinent around the 5th century BCE, following the historical life of Gautama Buddha—the religious leader and founder of Buddhism. Around the 1st century CE, the aniconic tradition of avoiding direct representation of Buddha's bodily form was replaced with an iconic style of art that permitted the depiction of his human figure. What monument is the largest Buddhist structure in the world and contains more than 500 Buddha statutes? More...
This Day in History

Gone with the Wind Premieres in Atlanta, Georgia (1939)

American writer Margaret Mitchell only published one novel during her lifetime—Gone with the Wind—and it became one of the most popular novels in the history of American publishing. In 1939, an extraordinarily successful film version of the book was released, transferring the romantic, panoramic portrait of the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in Georgia to the big screen. The movie won 10 Academy Awards. Why did the film's leading man, Clark Gable, threaten to boycott the premiere? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Paul Getty (1892)

The son of an oil millionaire, Getty was an American industrialist who increased his fortune and became the richest man in the world by acquiring oil companies and obtaining rights to a tract of land in Saudi Arabia that yielded great quantities of oil. Married and divorced five times, he was known for such bizarre behavior as installing a payphone in his mansion for guests to use and refusing to pay a ransom for his grandson even after being sent the boy's ear. What happened to the grandson? More...
Quotation of the Day
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) feet on the ground

To be and remain in a calm, stable, sensible, and pragmatic state or condition; to not be subject to extreme emotional reactions or affected by exceptional changes in one's situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Consualia (2016)

The infamous rape of the Sabine women occurred at the first Consualia in ancient Rome. Consus is said to have advised Romulus to abduct the Sabine women as wives for his supporters. The sanctuary dedicated to Consus in 272 BCE was located on the Aventine Hill in Rome, and sacrifices were held there during his festival. There were also horse and chariot races in the Circus Maximus, the large arena that lay between the Palatine and Aventine hills. Two festivals were actually held in honor of Consus—one on August 21 and the other on December 15. More...
In the News

'Gentle Bot' Brings a Human Touch to Robotics

Robots of the future may have a more human touch, thanks to researchers at Cornell University. In a recent paper published in the journal Science Robotics, robotics engineers outlined their latest invention: a soft robot hand, known as the "Gentle Bot," that is able ... More...
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