Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

dullard

Definition:(noun) A person regarded as mentally dull.
Synonyms:dolt, pillock, poor fish, pudding head
Usage: David was always a quiet, orderly boy and for a long time was thought by the people of Winesburg to be something of a dullard.
Article of the Day

The Day After Roswell

In his book The Day After Roswell, US Army Lt. Colonel Philip Corso claims he participated in the study of extraterrestrial technology recovered from the alleged 1947 Roswell UFO crash. According to Corso, the reverse engineering of these artifacts indirectly led to the development of accelerated particle beam devices, fiber optics, lasers, integrated circuit chips, and Kevlar. Corso also claimed knowledge of a covert government group that had been tasked with what? More...
This Day in History

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss Premieres (1911)

Still regularly performed, Der Rosenkavalier is one of the most acclaimed comic operas of Richard Strauss, the leading composer of romantic opera in the early 20th century. It is loosely based on the works of Molière and Louvet de Couvrai and tells the story of the shifting romantic attachments of four principal characters. Strauss, who often abandoned tonality to emphasize the humor or drama of a scene, composed Der Rosenkavalier in collaboration with what poet? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Leonard Newman (1925)

Newman was an American actor who captured the darker, less heroic aspects of his best-remembered roles, such as those in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting. After eight nominations, he finally won an Academy Award for The Color of Money in 1986. In 1982, he launched his "Newman's Own" line of food products, donating the profits to various charitable causes. Why was Newman once placed on Richard Nixon's enemies list? More...
Quotation of the Day
What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

hot desking

The act or practice of sharing desks or workstations between employees in an office so as to cut down on the amount of office space required. More...
Today's Holiday

Douglas MacArthur Day (2017)

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), five-star general and supreme commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, was born on this day in Little Rock, Arkansas. After the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it was MacArthur who supervised the surrender ceremony in Tokyo. He directed the demobilization of Japanese military forces and the drafting of a new constitution. His birthday is observed in his home state of Arkansas, where he is widely remembered as one of the state's most famous sons. More...
In the News

Wolf-Sized Otters Prowled Prehistoric China

World, meet Siamogale melilutra. S. melilutra was an otter. A really, really big otter. It weighed about 110 pounds and grew to be the size of a wolf. It had a powerful jaw and huge, rounded cheek teeth that were useful for wrenching large shellfish ... More...
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