Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

dapper

Definition:(adjective) Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners.
Synonyms:jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, spiffy, spruce, dashing, snappy
Usage: He smiled pleasantly upon her, looking very dapper in evening dress and a silk hat.
Article of the Day

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is a book in the Jewish and Christian biblical canon. Its author—traditionally held to be Solomon—is occupied with the notion that wickedness and death seem to mock all effort to find purpose in life. The book opens with the assertion that because life on Earth has no meaning, it should be enjoyed. It goes on to emphasize the universality of death. The apparent cynicism of the book is said to have distressed ancient rabbis. What memorable verse decries the pointlessness of life? More...
This Day in History

Genghis Khan Dies (1227)

Though infamous for slaughtering entire cities and destroying fields and irrigation systems, Genghis Khan is admired for his military brilliance. The emperor-warrior consolidated nomadic tribes into a unified Mongolia and led them to conquer much of Asia from the Pacific coast to Eastern Europe. He died on a military campaign in China, and the empire was divided. The circumstances of his death are unclear. According to legend, how did his descendants ensure that his grave would remain hidden? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio Salieri (1750)

Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna's most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

not know (someone) from a bar of soap

To be completely unaware of or know nothing about someone; to have never met the person indicated. More...
Today's Holiday

Chief Seattle Days (2017)

This three-day inter-tribal festival honors Chief Seattle (1786-1866), for whom Seattle, Washington, is named. He was head of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian tribes in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Besides featuring traditional Indian dances and drumming and dancing contests, the festival has a distinctive northwestern flavor, with salmon and clam bakes and canoe races. Other highlights are a horseshoe tournament, storytelling, and the election of a Chief Seattle Days Queen. The festival closes with the blessing of Chief Seattle's grave. More...
In the News

Aging Americans Optimistic about Future

The economy may be struggling, but baby boomers are not letting it bring them down. Nearly half of the low- and middle-income American seniors surveyed in a recent poll expressed concern over their expenses, which they worry will exceed their means over the next five to 10 years. Still, more than three-quarters of the respondents claimed to be optimistic about the future, think the best is yet to come, and expect their quality of life over the next decade to remain the same or even improve. More...
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