Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

indigent

Definition:(adjective) So poor as to lack even necessities; very needy.
Synonyms:destitute, impoverished, necessitous, poverty-stricken
Usage: As we drove through the slum, our car was mobbed by indigent children begging for money.
Article of the Day

Gregorian Chant

Gregorian chant is also known as plainchant or plainsong and is a form of monophonic, unaccompanied singing. It was developed in the Catholic church, mainly during the period 800-1000, and is based on Eastern models of Byzantine chant. Gregorian chant takes its name from Pope St. Gregory the Great, who is believed to have brought it to the West. In what ways is Gregorian chant different from modern music? More...
This Day in History

Willie Mosconi Sinks 526 Consecutive Billiard Balls (1954)

The son of a pool hall owner who tried to keep him from playing billiards, Mosconi learned the game by shooting with potatoes when his father hid the balls. A prodigy, he went on to win the world pool title 15 times before 1957. In 1954, he sank 526 consecutive balls in two hours and 10 minutes, and more than 35 witnesses signed an affidavit swearing to the feat. The record has never been broken. Mosconi was later hired to teach what actor how to convincingly play a pool hustler for a 1961 film? More...
Today's Birthday

William Jennings Bryan (1860)

Despite being a dominant force in the US Democratic Party, Bryan lost three bids for the presidency. However, he helped secure the presidential nomination for Woodrow Wilson, under whom he became secretary of state. Bryan's belief in neutrality led him to resign when it appeared that Wilson would enter the US into World War I. A devout Presbyterian, he later campaigned for Prohibition and, in 1925, died after exhausting himself prosecuting and finally winning what famous legal case? More...
Quotation of the Day
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Idiom of the Day

Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power. More...
Today's Holiday

Whale Festival (Fort Bragg, California) (2017)

Gray whales spend their summers in the Bering Sea but migrate every year to the waters off the coast of Mexico, where females give birth to their young. Since the whales prefer to hug the coast as they make their long journey, they are often visible to those living in seaside towns. The neighboring northern California towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg hold their whale festivals on consecutive weekends in March. Their celebrations include whale-watching cruises, wine tasting, seafood chowder tasting, nature walks, and visits to the Cabrillo Point lighthouse. More...
In the News

Playground Benches: Helpful or Harmful?

Getting adults up and moving may be as simple as removing benches from playgrounds. Researchers found that removing seating from children's playgrounds increased the amount of exercise adults got as they supervised the youngsters in their care. When the benches were removed from one playground, adults were 23 times more likely to engage in moderate to vigorous activity than when the benches were present, and they were no more likely to cut their children's playtime short as a result of the lack of seating. More...
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