Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

bestride

Definition:(verb) Get up on the back of.
Synonyms:climb on, hop on, jump on, mount
Usage: A man who bestrides a horse must be essentially different from a man who cowers in a canoe.
Article of the Day

Panchatantra

The Panchatantra is a collection of fables that are among the most widely-known animal stories in the world. The original Sanskrit work, now lost, may have been written down in India as early as 100 BCE. It then spread throughout the ancient world. A textbook created for instructing the three sons of a king, it contains morals that glorify shrewdness over altruism. One story concerns a war between crows and owls. When a crow defects to join the owls and is accepted by them, what happens? More...
This Day in History

Final Attack by the Beltway Sniper (2002)

For three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the Washington, DC, metropolitan area by shooting random victims from a distance. Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the spree, which was later linked to earlier shootings. Two days after killing their final victim, Muhammad and Malvo were arrested after being found sleeping in the car from which they had shot their victims. Before the arrest, the pair had planned to travel to Canada to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Liszt (1811)

Liszt was a revolutionary figure of romantic music. Born in Hungary, he made his debut at age 9 and studied in Vienna with Salieri. After his father's death and a disastrous love affair, he almost gave up music for the priesthood. Nevertheless, "Lisztomania" swept Europe in the 1840s, and Liszt enthralled audiences with his astounding technique and grand, dramatic style of playing. Thereafter, he taught and composed prolifically. In 1861, he nearly married a princess but was thwarted—by what? More...
Quotation of the Day
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

liquid courage

slang The decrease in timidity or inhibition that comes from imbibing alcoholic beverages. More...
Today's Holiday

Mother-in-Law Day (2017)

Modeled on the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day, Mother-in-Law Day was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas, where it was initiated by the editor of the local newspaper. The observance was later moved to the fourth Sunday in October. Mothers-in-law often have not enjoyed the widespread respect and devotion that mothers have received over the years, but many people feel that mothers-in-law deserve a special day of their own. More...
In the News

It's Off to the Gym for Your Pudgy Pet

The battle of the bulge is no longer limited to people. As their owners' waistlines expand, pets are getting pudgier too, and it can take years off their lives. The pet obesity epidemic has spawned an entire industry aimed at getting animals in shape. Doggie treadmills and puppy pedometers are now available for purchase, and trainers are offering fitness classes like yoga and Pilates for portly pets. One veterinary school in the US has even gone so far as to create the country's first obesity clinic geared toward pets. More...
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