Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

boorish

Definition:(adjective) Ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance.
Synonyms:loutish, neanderthal, oafish, swinish
Usage: He was boorish and insensitive, and he made her cry far too often, but she loved him regardless.
Article of the Day

Fugue

A fugue is a musical composition characterized by the systematic imitation of one or more themes in counterpoint. In the exposition, which begins the piece, the theme is repeated successively in similar form at different pitch levels by different voices. The fugue emerged gradually from the imitative polyphony of the 13th century and reached its pinnacle with Bach, who, along with Handel, inspired the later fugues of Mozart, Beethoven, and others. What is a counterfugue? More...
This Day in History

Pulp Fiction Hero "The Shadow" Debuts on the Radio (1930)

The fictional, crime-fighting vigilante known as The Shadow originally debuted as the announcer of Detective Story Hour, a radio program that was quickly eclipsed by the popularity of its own narrator. The following year The Shadow got his own magazine and became one of pulp fiction's most enduring heroes, entering film and television. The radio show was re-named The Shadow and ran for more than 25 years. What comic book hero refers to The Shadow as his biggest inspiration? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Friedman (1912)

Friedman was an American economist and a leading US advocate of monetarism, the belief that a nation's money supply is the chief determinant of its economy. He wrote numerous books and was a frequent television commentator and magazine columnist, which made him one of the most publicly familiar US economists. Friedman served as an adviser to US presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. To what South American country did he provide economic advice following a military coup? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a woman? I assure you, I do not know...I do not believe that anybody can know until she has expressed herself in all the arts and professions open to human skill.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

(something) won't get (someone) anywhere

Something, typically a certain behavior, will not help someone progress or succeed in any way. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (2017)

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits. The Feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated by Jesuits everywhere, but particularly in the Basque region of Spain where he was born. The largest Basque community in North America, located in Boise, Idaho, holds its annual St. Ignatius Loyola Picnic on the last weekend in July—an event often referred to as the Basque Festival. More...
In the News

Humans Have Bigger Brains Closer to Poles

Researchers say that people living far from the equator evolved bigger brains and eye sockets to help them manage in the poor light conditions of short winter days and cloudy skies. An examination of 55 nineteenth-century skulls from 12 indigenous populations across the globe revealed a positive correlation between absolute latitude and both cranial capacity and eye socket size. This suggests that these human populations developed larger eyes, as well as larger brains to process the increased visual input, in order to compensate for the decreased light levels of their environments. More...
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