Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

capsize

Definition:(verb) Overturn accidentally.
Synonyms:turn turtle
Usage: Do not rock the boat or it will capsize!
Article of the Day

The Gentlemen's Club

Though today the term is often associated with strip clubs, the traditional British gentlemen's club was an exclusive, members-only establishment where upper-class men could drink, dine, and socialize. Most barred women, and many had strict membership requirements—like requiring prospective members to have traveled at least 500 miles from London in order to gain admittance. Their numbers have dwindled since their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. What is the largest gentlemen's club today? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Decides Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

In 1961, Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic for women in deliberate defiance of an 1879 law outlawing the use or distribution of contraceptives. She was arrested and fined. Her appeal made it to the US Supreme Court, which stated in a landmark 1965 decision that married couples had a right to "marital privacy," which included the right to use birth control. When was the same right extended to unwed individuals? More...
Today's Birthday

George Szell (1897)

Szell was a Hungarian-born conductor and pianist who immigrated to the US during WWII. Having already conducted many European orchestras, he soon became the principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1946, he took over the Cleveland Orchestra and, by means of his famously dictatorial approach, built it into one of the most respected ensembles in the world, famed for its precision. Nearly 20 years after Szell's death, who complained that he still got credit when the orchestra did well? More...
Quotation of the Day
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

the granddaddy of them all

The biggest, oldest, most impressive, or most respected person or thing of his, her, or its kind. More...
Today's Holiday

Holland Festival (2017)

Holland (the Netherlands) decided in 1947 to have a single festival focused on three major cities—Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague—that would cover a wide range of artistic and cultural activities and at the same time draw top international artists to the Netherlands. Nowadays the festival is centered in Amsterdam in June with nearly 150 programs. The festival offers not only performances of orchestral and choral works but opera, ballet, contemporary music, dance, theater, and film as well. More...
In the News

Many Underestimate Marijuana Health Risks

A third of respondents in a new British survey said they believe smoking marijuana is harmless. The survey of 1,000 adults also found that nearly 90 percent think that smoking tobacco cigarettes is more harmful than smoking marijuana cigarettes, despite the fact that the lung cancer risk is 20 times higher for smoking marijuana. Researchers said that the increased risk may be due to the fact that marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and for longer amounts of time than tobacco smokers. Experts said the data suggest that more needs to be done to educate people about the health effects of smoking marijuana. More...
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