Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

syrupy

Definition:(adjective) Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.
Synonyms:saccharine, treacly
Usage: I can appreciate a sentimental or romantic film, but syrupy "chick flicks" are another thing altogether.
Article of the Day

Inbreeding

Inbreeding is the mating of two closely related organisms. Some animals are inbred to select for desired traits and avoid others. Inbreeding is generally discouraged among humans because harmful recessive genes are likely to be passed on to offspring, causing health problems, including growth and fertility issues. Inbreeding likely hastened the end of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, as Charles II was both impotent and infertile. What deformity worsened throughout the generations of Habsburgs? More...
This Day in History

First Episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus Airs on BBC (1969)

A highly influential British sketch comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus ran until 1974 and subsequently spawned four movies and several live shows. With scenes such as "The Dead Parrot Sketch" and "The Spanish Inquisition," the innovative, disjointed, non-traditional show became a cult favorite noted for its surreal, sarcastic, innuendo-laden humor. Interspersed throughout the show were Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, including a giant, crushing foot taken from what painting? More...
Today's Birthday

Larry Fine (1902)

Fine was just a toddler when his left arm was badly burned by acid used in his father's Philadelphia jewelry store. To help strengthen his damaged arm, Fine learned to play violin, which led him to a career in vaudeville. In the 1920s, he joined the comedy act that would become The Three Stooges, catapulting him—and his trademark unruly hair—to fame in several feature films and hundreds of shorts. As a young man, what else did he do to strengthen his arm until his father made him stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? ... He grows a forest to hide it in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a licence to print money

An activity, business model, or company that yields very high profits but requires little or no effort to do so. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Sharad Purnima (2017)

Hindus devote this day to the moon god, Hari. In the belief that amrit (elixir) is showered on the earth by moonbeams, they prepare khir (milk thickened with rice and mixed with sugar) on this day and offer it to Hari amid the ringing of bells and chanting of hymns. The mixture is left out in the moonshine all night so that it may absorb the amrit falling from the moon. The resulting khir is believed to possess special qualities. In the evening, the moon god is worshipped and offered food. The next morning, the specially prepared khir is given to the devotees. More...
In the News

Giant Hornets Kill Dozens in China

It is mating season for the Asian giant hornet, when it is at its most aggressive, and people in northern China are feeling the sting. More than 1,600 people in Shaanxi province have been injured by the thumb-sized hornets—the largest in the world—and 42 people have actually died. When stung, victims are injected with a potent, neurotoxic venom that can cause allergic reactions in humans as well as multiple organ failure. More...
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