Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

deface

Definition:(verb) Mar or spoil the appearance of.
Synonyms:blemish, disfigure
Usage: The vandals defaced the statue by drawing a mustache on it.
Article of the Day

À rebours

À rebours is an 1884 novel by French author Joris-Karl Huysmans. Translated as Against Nature or Against the Grain, the novel follows Jean Des Esseintes, the last member of a noble family. Disgusted with his decadent life in Paris, he retreats to the countryside and immerses himself in art and philosophy, becoming somewhat deranged. Though not mentioned by name, À rebours is thought to be the book that heavily influences what famous novel's titular character? More...
This Day in History

Vauxhall Bridge Opens in London (1906)

Vauxhall Bridge is an arch bridge over the River Thames in central London. Despite its public garden and location, the Vauxhall area was sparsely populated before the 19th century, and a plan for a bridge there was hatched in 1809 to help develop the area. The resulting bridge was in terrible shape by the end of the century, however, and construction on a new, richly decorated, steel-and-granite replacement began in 1898. A major transport artery today, the bridge is adorned with what statues? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Jolson (1886)

Jolson was one of the most popular entertainers in the US in the 1930s. The son of a rabbi, he had planned to be a cantor but instead became a singer and comedian. By the age of 15, he was touring in vaudeville and minstrel shows. His 1909 blackface performance of "Mammy" was a hit, and he performed on Broadway and the radio. In 1927, he starred in the first feature-length "talkie," The Jazz Singer. How do scholars differ in their analysis of Jolson's use of blackface in his performances? More...
Quotation of the Day
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshiper may one day be required to suffer.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

be on track

To progress or develop as planned, scheduled, or expected. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2017)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
In the News

Healthy Diet Cheaper than Junk Food

It has been argued that one of the reasons people eat so much fast food and junk food is that such products cost less than healthy items like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. However, it turns out that this is not quite true. While healthy foods may be more costly than junk foods in terms of price per calorie, comparing them by weight or portion size reveals that grains, vegetables, fruit, and dairy foods are less expensive than most items high in saturated fat, added sugars, or salt. US Department of Agriculture researchers say that the latter approach is more practical, since calorie content is not a good indicator of food quantity or how filling the item is. More...
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