Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

palaver

Definition:(noun) Talk intended to charm or beguile.
Synonyms:blandishment, cajolery
Usage: Then she would pounce upon me with a lot of that drivelling poodle palaver and kiss me on the nose—but what could I do?
Article of the Day

Water Music

In 1712, George Frideric Handel took up permanent residence in England, leaving his employer—the elector of Hanover—behind in Germany. Two years later, the elector of Hanover became George I of England. When the king requested music for royal festivities, Handel wrote Water Music, allegedly to regain the king's favor. Water Music debuted on a barge accompanying the king down the River Thames in 1717. What did George I think of Handel's now-famous collection of songs? 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
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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

US Gun Suicides Outnumber Homicides

According to a new study, gun suicides are far more common in the US than the gun homicides that tend to dominate news coverage. The findings, published in the Annual Review of Public Health, show that, over the past decade, an average of 50 Americans a day have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. While the research highlights that young black men are at a much higher risk of dying from firearm violence, it revealed that a different group suffers the most gun deaths—middle-aged white men. In that demographic, 90 percent of the gun deaths are suicides. More...
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