Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

buffoonery

Definition:(noun) Acting like a clown or buffoon.
Synonyms:clowning, harlequinade, prank, frivolity
Usage: Mrs. Williams had little patience for the class clown's buffoonery, and she would often send him to the principal's office.
Article of the Day

Man O' War

Man o' War, a large, reddish-colored colt, was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. The colt raced for only 2 years, but in that short time, he won 20 out of his 21 races and set five world records. One of the most renowned stallions in the history of American thoroughbred racing, Man o' War went on to become a leading sire, producing more than 64 stakes winners and 200 champions. What was Man O' War's relationship to Seabiscuit? More...
This Day in History

The Vandals Invade Gaul (406 CE)

An ancient Germanic tribe that originated in North Jutland, the Vandals began a decades-long migration in the early 5th century. The violent path they cut through Europe made their name synonymous with senseless destruction. Crossing the Rhine in 406 CE, they invaded their first stop, Gaul. The Roman-allied Franks refused to allow them to settle there, so the Vandals devastated the region and kept moving. By the time they sacked Rome in 455 CE, they had established a kingdom of their own—where? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Matisse (1869)

One of the premier artists of the modern period, Matisse left his law career after taking up painting during an illness in 1890. He explored Impressionism but instead began to use vivid primary color as a structural element. He became a leader of the short-lived Fauvist movement, and by 1909, he had achieved worldwide fame. After 1939, he became increasingly active as a graphic artist. His contribution to 20th-century art is inestimable. Which of his paintings was burned in effigy in 1913? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only as we live, think, feel, and work outside the home, do we become humanly developed, civilized, socialized.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

living impaired

A jocular, pseudo-politically correct term for being dead. More...
Today's Holiday

Omisoka (2017)

Widely celebrated on December 31, Omisoka marks the end of the preparations for New Year's celebrations in Japan. On Omisoka, people wearing kimonos fill the streets as they go to visit shrines. But millions watch the "Red and White Song Contest" on TV. This marathon song festival, first organized in 1950, has become an indispensable ritual of the New Year. The TV show ends shortly before midnight in time for an older tradition: the tolling of the great bells in Buddhist temples at midnight. Priests strike the bells 108 times, a reminder of the 108 human frailties or sins in Buddhist belief. More...
In the News

Gum Disease Linked to Breast Cancer Risk in Older Women

Middle-aged and older women with gum disease are slightly more likely than those without gum problems to develop breast cancer, suggests a new study. The risk increase was most pronounced for women with gum disease who smoked cigarettes or had quit within ... More...
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