Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

benignity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being kind and gentle.
Synonyms:graciousness
Usage: As he opened his mouth to speak, a look almost of benignity, of kindliness, momentarily lighted up his fierce and terrible countenance.
Article of the Day

Carthage

Located on the Mediterranean coast of Northern Africa in what is now Tunisia, the ancient city-state of Carthage was founded around the 8th century BCE by Phoenician colonists. Through conquest, exploration, and trade, the city grew into an empire that dominated the western Mediterranean. After it was destroyed and then rebuilt by the Romans, it was finally razed by the Arabs around 700 CE. During its time, Carthage was criticized for supposedly practicing what unusual custom? More...
This Day in History

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Its First Members (1986)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to archiving the history of rock music. It was created in 1983 but did not have a home until 1995, when it opened its Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, after civic leaders pledged $65 million in public money to fund its construction. The first group of inductees included Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to name a few. What band inducted into the Hall in 2006 refused to attend the induction ceremony? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernie Kovacs (1919)

Kovacs was an American comedian. He turned to television after studying acting and writing, and he did much of the performing, writing, and producing for his three series—Time for Ernie, The Ernie Kovacs Show, and Kovacs Unlimited. He utilized the television format imaginatively, employing sight gags and zany improvisations, and showed off his wacky personality in 10 movies before dying prematurely in a car crash. Why did he once give a taxi driver the key to his apartment? More...
Quotation of the Day
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

honey-mouthed

Smooth, soothing, and sweet in voice, especially in a persuasive or seductive manner or intent. More...
Today's Holiday

San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day (2017)

These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo's feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More...
In the News

Silly, Questionable, and Downright Dangerous Celebrity Science Claims

Yesterday we discussed fad diets, so today it is time to tackle pseudo-scientific health treatments, particularly those touted by celebrities over the past year. Because celebrity comments spread so quickly nowadays, the Sense About Science (SAS) organization issues an annual report separating fact from fiction when it comes to celebrity statements about medical and scientific issues. In its "Celebrities and Science 2012" report, SAS debunks some of the more dubious health practices of public figures, like taking dried placenta pills after giving birth and rubbing one's skin with coffee granules to combat cellulite. More...
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