Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 26, 2014)
Word of the Day

demagogue

Definition:(noun) A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
Synonyms:rabble-rouser
Usage: The seditious harangues of demagogues in Faneuil Hall have made rebels of a loyal people and deprived me of my country.
Article of the Day

But wait! There's more!

The now-familiar phrase "But wait! There's more!" first accompanied infomercials for the "amazing" Ginsu knife in the 1970s. These ads also urged viewers to "Call now! Operators are standing by!" By bringing the direct-marketing techniques of door-to-door sales and print advertising to television, the Ginsu ads established the formula for the modern infomercial. "Ginsu" was actually a word that executives made up to evoke images of Japanese samurai swords. What were the knives originally called? 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
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

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

Cities Fail to Clear the Air

The air quality in most of the world's cities does not meet safe standards as set forth by the World Health Organization. A survey of 1,600 cities in 91 different countries found that nearly 90 percent of the people living in these cities breathe air deemed unsafe, with half of them being exposed to air pollution at least 2.5 times higher than recommended levels. Though some cities are making improvements, air quality in most is declining. Asia is currently ranked worst when it comes to air quality, followed by South America and Africa. More...
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