Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

whimsy

Definition:(noun) The trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment.
Synonyms:arbitrariness, flightiness, whimsicality, capriciousness
Usage: She was an odd girl, prone to sudden flights of whimsy, and she floated through life cocooned in her own fantastic world.
Article of the Day

Ostriches

Flightless birds that inhabit Africa and parts of Asia, ostriches are the largest birds on Earth and the fastest animals on two legs. When they are unable to run from predators, however, they may attempt to camouflage themselves as mounds of dirt by lying on the ground with their necks outstretched, a habit that might have given rise to the notion that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they sense danger. They can also defend themselves—ostriches have been known to kill what predator? More...
This Day in History

Domitian Becomes Emperor of Rome (81 CE)

The son of Roman Emperor Vespasian, Domitian was second in line for the throne, yet he was only given positions of nominal importance prior to succeeding his older brother Titus, whom he most likely had killed. Though his laws were severe and increasingly despotic, his administration was ostensibly egalitarian, and he is said to have governed the empire well. Still, defeats in Britain and Germany undermined his leadership. About which of his physical traits was he reportedly extremely sensitive? More...
Today's Birthday

Clayton Moore (1914)

Moore performed as a stunt man, trapeze artist, and occasional actor in Westerns until he was spotted in a Zorro film by the producer of The Lone Ranger. From 1949 to 1957, he appeared in 169 episodes of The Lone Ranger as the titular masked character, who roams the West fighting injustice with his trusty sidekick, Tonto, and horse, Silver. The Ranger never removed his trademark mask, which Moore continued to wear in public until a 1979 lawsuit forced him to replace it with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

leap to (someone's) mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in someone's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de los Charros (2017)

Today's Mexican charros are more sportsmen than cowboys or ranchers. On September 14, the day before the Mexico Festival of Independence, many of the charro associations organize parades and rodeos. The jaripeo, or rodeo, generally consists of 10 or more events involving special horse-handling skills and exhibitions of various tricks. Perhaps the most difficult trick is the paso de la muerte (death's pass), where the charro pursues a wild horse, switching from his own horse's saddle to the back of the wild horse at full gallop. More...
In the News

Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise

Take a movement break every 30 minutes, say experts. No matter how much you exercise, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death, a new study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine found. There's a direct ... More...
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