Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

nonobjective

Definition:(adjective) Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature.
Synonyms:abstract, nonfigurative
Usage: The focal point of the living room was a massive, nonobjective painting that looked to me like nothing more than a chaotic mess of colors and splotches.
Article of the Day

The Siloam Inscription

Around the 8th century BCE, King Hezekiah of Jerusalem became concerned that if the Assyrians laid siege to his city, they could cut off the Gihon Spring—a major source of fresh water—from outside the city walls. He ordered that the spring be redirected through a deep subterranean tunnel. The tunnel was discovered by an archaeologist in 1838, but it was a curious youth who found an inscription—one of the oldest examples of written Hebrew in existence—set into the tunnel wall. What does it say? More...
This Day in History

French Foreign Legion Founded (1831)

The French Foreign Legion is a unit of the French Army largely composed of foreigners and commanded by French officers. It was created by King Louis Phillipe in 1831 to keep potential dissidents busy fighting for France rather than against it. Because enlistment historically required no official identification, many criminals joined under assumed names to hide their unsavory backgrounds. What are the two ways foreign-born legionnaires can earn the right to apply for French citizenship? More...
Today's Birthday

Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (1844)

Sarasate was a Spanish violinist and composer. He began studying the violin with his bandmaster father at age five, and at his first public concert at age eight, he impressed a wealthy patron and was sent to study in Madrid. There, Queen Isabel II gave him the Stradivarius violin that he would play for the rest of his life. He made his Paris debut in 1860 and commenced touring the world. He wrote scores of brilliant virtuoso works, some of which are still played today. Where are his violins now? More...
Quotation of the Day
Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

horse and rabbit stew

A situation comprised of both crude or unpleasant things as well those which are pleasing or beneficial, usually with the former in greater proportion to the latter. Used especially in reference to economics or business. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2017)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Evidence of New Life Forms under Antarctic Ice

Just over a year ago, a Russian team announced that it had successfully drilled through over two miles of ice and reached the surface of Lake Vostok, an Antarctic subglacial lake that had been untouched by humans for at least 14 million years. Scientists have yet to analyze any pure, uncontaminated water samples, but tests of the lake water that froze onto the end of the drill bit detected the presence of unidentified bacterial DNA, indicating that the lake may well harbor previously unknown bacterial life forms. More...
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