Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

nickel-and-dime

Definition:(adjective) Of minor importance.
Synonyms:small-time
Usage: He ran his nickel-and-dime operation out of the back of a pickup truck and dreamed of the day when he would own his own storefront.
Article of the Day

Memento Mori

In an iconic scene from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the titular prince contemplates the skull of the former court jester Yorick, juxtaposing his jocular existence and his death. The skull is an example of a memento mori—an object intended to remind people of the inevitability of death. Derived from a Latin phrase meaning "be mindful of dying," the term has a tradition in art that dates back to antiquity. What famous paintings feature a memento mori? More...
This Day in History

Boston Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees (1919)

Between 1914 and 1919, Ruth compiled an outstanding pitching record, but because pitchers do not play in every game, he was shifted to the outfield so that his powerful hitting could be used consistently. The following season, he was sold to the New York Yankees, and his batting feats and public personality helped salvage baseball's popularity, which had been damaged by the Black Sox scandal. According to legend, Ruth was sold by the owner of the Red Sox in order to finance what? More...
Today's Birthday

George Dewey (1837)

Dewey was an American admiral and a hero of the Battle of Manila. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and served with Union naval forces in the American Civil War. In the Spanish-American War (1898), his Asiatic Squadron sailed to the Philippines and defeated the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay, destroying eight Spanish ships in six hours and suffering only one American fatality. His victory led to the US acquisition of the Philippines. What rank did Congress create for him in 1899? More...
Quotation of the Day
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

H-E-double-hockey-sticks

A euphemistic spelling of "hell," referring to each L resembling a hockey stick in shape. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta de Sumamao (2016)

The Argentine ritual drama known as sumamao ("beautiful river") is named after the location in which it is traditionally performed—near the Rio Dulce. On San Esteban's (St. Stephen's) Day, December 26, an avenue of arcos, or arches, tied together by cords hung with ichas (cakes in the form of puppets), leads up to the altar. The drama begins at dawn with trumpets and fireworks, followed by a slow procession through the arches. The rest of the drama unfolds throughout the day, culminating in the demolition of the arcos and the eating of the ichas. More...
In the News

Scientists Asked to Censor Bird Flu Studies

Concerned that details of recent research studies on a lab-made, highly transmissible version of bird flu could be used by terrorists to manufacture biological weapons, the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity has asked two scientific journals not to publish key details that would enable replication of the experiments. In the experiments, scientists created strains of the H5N1 avian influenza that could spread easily between ferrets, which are considered a good model for predicting what flu viruses will do in people. The request has sparked debate about whether scientific information should be censored when safety is a concern. More...
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