Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

brawny

Definition:(adjective) Strong and muscular.
Synonyms:hefty, sinewy, muscular, powerful
Usage: The muscles of his brawny arms showed through the sleeves of his light summer coat.
Article of the Day

Déjà vu

A French term meaning "already seen," déjà vu refers to the feeling that something encountered for the first time is eerily familiar and has in fact been seen before. Although dreams, reincarnation, parallel universes, and out-of-body travel have been invoked to explain the phenomenon, it is most likely due to an anomaly of memory which creates the impression that an experience is being recalled. Which two pharmaceutical drugs have been reported to induce déjà vu when taken together? More...
This Day in History

The Metropolitan Opera House Opens with a Performance of Faust (1883)

New York City's Metropolitan Opera House is the leading US opera company. It opened in 1883 after having been founded by a group of millionaires who had failed to get boxes at the prestigious and exclusive Academy of Music. The "Met" soon outshined its rival and is now considered one of the world's premier opera stages. Originally located at Broadway and 39th Street, it moved into the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966. Who were among the Met's founding millionaires? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Bernhardt (1844)

The illegitimate child of a courtesan, Bernhardt was encouraged to pursue a theatrical career by one of her mother's lovers. Her acting teachers did not consider her a particularly promising student, but they turned out to be sorely mistaken; Bernhardt went on to become the premier romantic and tragic actress of her day, touring all over the world during her six-decade career on stage and screen. What morbid possession may have helped "the Divine Sarah" reach her potential as a tragedienne? More...
Quotation of the Day
To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Jidai Matsuri (2018)

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto, Japan, commemorating the founding of the city as capital in the year 794. A procession of more than 2,000 costumed people depict the epochs or ages in Kyoto's history. They parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine, which was built in the 18th century as a dedication to the emperors who established Kyoto as the capital. The capital was moved in 1868 to Tokyo, and the festival stems from that time. Among the paraders is one representing Gen. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a patron of the arts under whom Kyoto flourished. More...
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