Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

lambent

Definition:(adjective) Softly bright or radiant.
Synonyms:aglow, lucent, luminous
Usage: Lady Ruth lifted her eyes to his, and their lambent fires were suddenly rekindled.
Article of the Day

Hanna-Barbera

American animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera both began working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1937. The two soon created the cartoon characters Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse, and from 1940 to 1957, they produced more than 200 cartoons, seven of which won Academy Awards. In 1957, they left MGM and set up their own production company, Hanna-Barbera, concentrating on cartoon series produced specifically for television, including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and what others? More...
This Day in History

"Casey at the Bat" Published in the San Francisco Examiner (1888)

"Casey at the Bat" was one of the most popular poems in late 19th-century America. Recited in vaudeville performances and later taken up by many celebrities, the poem tells the story of an overconfident baseball player—the "mighty Casey"—who strikes out while trying to show off. Ernest Thayer, who wrote the poem, avoided acknowledging authorship for many years because he thought it was embarrassingly bad. Which two real-life towns have laid claim to being the Mudville mentioned in the poem? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Dufy (1877)

Dufy was a French designer and painter best known for his outdoor scenes of gaiety and leisure, like horse races, parades, and concerts. He also designed textiles and illustrated books. Dufy studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and experimented with Impressionism and, later, Fauvism. In the early 1920s, he developed his distinctive style characterized by sketchily drawn objects on bright, decorative backgrounds. Later, he completed one of the largest modern paintings, an ode to what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great joy, especially after a sudden change and revolution of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

don't shoot the messenger

Don't get angry at or punish someone who is simply delivering bad or undesirable news, as he or she is not responsible for it. More...
Today's Holiday

Kazanlak Rose Festival (2017)

Bulgaria supplies 90 percent of the world's rose attar, and roses are raised for food and medicinal purposes as well. The 10-day festival that celebrates Bulgaria's cultivation and export of roses is held in Kazanlak, a small town in what is known as the Valley of the Roses. It begins with a procession of farmers and young people dressed in native costume and carrying baskets for the ritual picking of the rose petals. Rose-decorated floats, costumed paraders, and folk dancers follow a route through all the nearby towns. Folk dance and song programs complete the festival activities. More...
In the News

Facebook Founder Only Eating Animals He Kills

Each year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg undertakes a personal challenge to learn about the world, expand his interests, and teach himself discipline. Last year, he vowed to learn Chinese and spent an hour each day studying the language. This year, he has challenged himself to eat only meat that comes from animals he himself has slaughtered. This is meant to remind him to be grateful for the food that he eats and to be conscious of the fact that a living creature had to die in order for him to eat. Since he undertook this challenge, Zuckerberg says, he has learned a lot about sustainable farming practices and has been eating more healthfully. More...
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