Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

turnkey

Definition:(noun) Someone who guards prisoners.
Synonyms:jailer, screw
Usage: The turnkey will take you to the prisoner's cell and leave you there.
Article of the Day

Cinema of Iran

Despite periods of censorship when some films have been banned, Iranian cinema has flourished throughout the various eras of modern Iranian history. The country's ethnic minorities, such as the Kurds, have contributed to the industry, and Iranian films often reflect and react to cultural and political shifts. Iranian films and filmmakers have been honored at film festivals around the world, and such festivals are also held in Iran. In what year did the first movie theater open in Tehran? More...
This Day in History

The January Uprising Begins (1863)

The January Uprising began as a spontaneous rebellion of young Poles in Russian Poland against conscription into the Imperial Russian Army. They were soon joined by Lithuanians living in the territory, but they were severely outnumbered and isolated, and they failed to win any major victories or capture any major cities. The Russians crushed the uprising and began an intensive program of Russification. During the uprising, Russian soldiers are said to have defenestrated what composer's piano? More...
Today's Birthday

Johan August Strindberg (1849)

Strindberg was a master of the Swedish language and an innovator of dramatic and literary styles. He achieved renown with the novel The Red Room, in which he satirized hypocrisy in Swedish life. It helped initiate Swedish realism and revealed his remarkable style, which he developed in an impressive assortment of novels, plays, stories, histories, and poems. Which of Strindberg's plays, now considered the first modern Swedish drama, was originally rejected by the national theater? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

honey-do list

A list or collection of tasks or jobs one has been requested to perform or undertake, especially household duties or jobs, given to a person by his or her spouse or romantic partner. More...
Today's Holiday

Dinagyang (2017)

The Dinagyang is a dancing-in-the-streets carnival on the island of Panay in Iloilo City, Philippines, held a week after the Ati-Atihan in Kalibo and the Sinulog in Cebu. Like these festivals, Dinagyang venerates the Santo Niño, or Holy Infant. In Iloilo (pronounced EE-lo-EE-lo) the participation of tribal groups adds to the festival's color, but, unlike the exuberant Kalibo crowds, the spectators in Iloilo are quiet. More...
In the News

The Fad Diets of Old

Fad dieting may seem like a modern development, but in fact it has been around for centuries. The Victorian era ushered in an age of fad diets that included Fletcherism, tapeworm ingestion, and arsenic pills. Fletcherism, developed by "the Great Masticator" Horace Fletcher, was a popular diet that promoted thoroughly chewing food and then spitting it out. At around this time, desperate dieters also began turning to the extreme and dangerous practice of ingesting parasitic tapeworms, risking their health, vision, and memory, among other things, for the opportunity to lose weight. Suddenly, eating cabbage soup for a week doesn't seem so bad, does it? More...
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