Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

nickelodeon

Definition:(noun) A cabinet containing an automatic record player; records are played by inserting a coin.
Synonyms:jukebox
Usage: When they arrived at the dance hall, the professional musicians were dismayed by the presence of the popular nickelodeon.
Article of the Day

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth that chronicles the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Annotated in Latin, the 230-ft (70-m) long tapestry focuses on the Norman leader, William the Conqueror, and his victory over the English. It presents a singular visual document of medieval arms, apparel, and other objects from the period, however, its origins and depictions have been subject to much speculation. What are some of the mysteries associated with the tapestry? More...
This Day in History

Willie Mosconi Sinks 526 Consecutive Billiard Balls (1954)

The son of a pool hall owner who tried to keep him from playing billiards, Mosconi learned the game by shooting with potatoes when his father hid the balls. A prodigy, he went on to win the world pool title 15 times before 1957. In 1954, he sank 526 consecutive balls in two hours and 10 minutes, and more than 35 witnesses signed an affidavit swearing to the feat. The record has never been broken. Mosconi was later hired to teach what actor how to convincingly play a pool hustler for a 1961 film? More...
Today's Birthday

William Jennings Bryan (1860)

Despite being a dominant force in the US Democratic Party, Bryan lost three bids for the presidency. However, he helped secure the presidential nomination for Woodrow Wilson, under whom he became secretary of state. Bryan's belief in neutrality led him to resign when it appeared that Wilson would enter the US into World War I. A devout Presbyterian, he later campaigned for Prohibition and, in 1925, died after exhausting himself prosecuting and finally winning what famous legal case? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power. More...
Today's Holiday

Whale Festival (Fort Bragg, California) (2017)

Gray whales spend their summers in the Bering Sea but migrate every year to the waters off the coast of Mexico, where females give birth to their young. Since the whales prefer to hug the coast as they make their long journey, they are often visible to those living in seaside towns. The neighboring northern California towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg hold their whale festivals on consecutive weekends in March. Their celebrations include whale-watching cruises, wine tasting, seafood chowder tasting, nature walks, and visits to the Cabrillo Point lighthouse. More...
In the News

Global Warming Study Has Scientists Concerned about Shrinking Mammals

A new Science Advances study linking the shrinking of mammals and global warming as Earth's carbon dioxide levels rise has researchers keeping a close eye on the issue. The study, published Wednesday, March 15, reports global warming has reduced the size of ... More...
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