Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

prescience

Definition:(noun) Knowledge of actions or events before they occur.
Synonyms:foresight, clairvoyance, precognition, second sight, foreknowledge, prevision
Usage: Did she realize in a flash of prescience that there was no earthly future for our sweet Cecily?
Article of the Day

The Clouded Leopard

The clouded leopard prowls the Himalayan foothills. It is only distantly related to its namesake but does share the leopard's dark spots. As the smallest of the big cats, the clouded leopard is considered an evolutionary link between big cats and small cats. It is known for its excellent climbing ability—the clouded leopard can climb down trees headfirst—and frightening canine teeth—the largest of any cat in proportion to body size. What nickname has it been given due to this latter feature? More...
This Day in History

Popeye Makes His Debut in the Thimble Theater Comic Strip (1929)

Popeye, the popular cartoon character who turns from sailor to strongman with a few swallows of spinach, started out as a minor character in the Thimble Theater comic strip. In its early days, the strip starred Olive Oyl and her boyfriend, Ham Gravy. However, after cartoonist E.C. Segar introduced Popeye, he became so popular that his role was expanded, and he soon replaced Ham as Olive's love interest, going on adventures with her brother, Castor Oyl, and facing what nemesis? More...
Today's Birthday

Mack Sennett (1880)

Sennett was an American movie director, considered the father of slapstick comedy in film. After directing comedies under the tutelage of D.W. Griffith, he left to form his own Keystone Company and produced the first American feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance, in 1914. He made more than 1,000 comedy shorts, often featuring the wild antics of the Keystone Kops, and received a special Academy Award in 1937. As an actor, Sennett played what iconic character in several films? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

hold the ring

To monitor or control a conflict or dispute, especially in a neutral or uninvolved manner. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Australian Open (2017)

The Australian Open is the year's first event in the Grand Slam of tennis. It is played on synthetic hard courts in Melbourne, Australia, and known officially as the Australian Championships. The championship for men began in 1905, and the women's championship in 1922. The matches became an "open" (to both amateurs and professionals) in 1969. Margaret Smith Court, an Australian known for her powerful serve and volley, is the all-time champion in the women's division of the open; she won the title 11 times between 1960 and 1973. More...
In the News

Piracy Falling around the Globe

Piracy at sea has fallen to its lowest level in six years, thanks largely to a drop-off in Somali piracy that has been attributed to a combination of factors, among them the increased presence of armed guards on ships, international naval patrols, and Somali government influence. There were just 264 attacks recorded globally in 2013, about as many as were carried out by Somali pirates alone in 2011. By contrast, just 15 attacks took place off the coast of Somalia last year. The shift is heartening, but the Internation al Maritime Bureau, which compiled the report, warns that it is still too early for complacency. More...
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