Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

gyrate

Definition:(verb) Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis.
Synonyms:spin, reel, whirl
Usage: The airplane gyrated about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
Article of the Day

Nickelodeons

In the early days of motion pictures, screenings were part of vaudeville shows and arcades. However, in 1902, a California shop that showed only moving pictures had great success. Soon, "movie houses" were springing up nationwide. The first movie theater, complete with luxurious accessories and a piano, was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1905. A nickel was charged for admission, and the theater was called the nickelodeon. In general, how long were the films screened at nickelodeons? More...
This Day in History

World's Fair Starts in Seattle, Washington (1962)

Hosted at the dawn of the Space Age, the 1962 World's Fair featured a glittering array of futuristic technology. Nearly 10 million people came to see the new cars and gadgets or ride to the top of the new Space Needle. While its technology was advanced, the fair anticipated none of the social changes soon to come—the society of the future looked like that of 1950s, but with gyrocopters. Why did US President John F. Kennedy lie, claiming to be too sick to attend the closing ceremony? More...
Today's Birthday

John Muir (1838)

Once an aspiring industrial engineer, US conservationist John Muir devoted himself to nature after losing an eye in an 1867 factory accident. That year, he walked from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico, a journey of about 1,000 mi (1,600 km). He then moved to California and spent much of the next 12 years traveling and writing about nature. He promoted the idea of national forest preserves and helped establish Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. What four items did he take on his backcountry hikes? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell...their heart's in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in front of (one's) nose

Immediately obvious or clearly apparent. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta San Antonio (2017)

The Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day extravaganza of events held since 1901 in San Antonio, Texas, including San Jacinto Day, April 21. The highlight of the fiesta is the Battle of Flowers Parade alongside the Alamo. Merrymakers originally pelted each other with flowers, but now people crush cascarones, decorated eggshells filled with confetti, on each others' heads. Some 150 other events include concerts, fashion shows, art fairs, a charreada (Mexican rodeo), torchlit floats in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, and decorated barges in the San Antonio River Parade. More...
In the News

Parenthood Is Bad for One's Health

New parents, mothers in particular, are often so busy caring for their children that they fail to properly manage their own health. Researchers found that both mothers and fathers exercised less than their child-free counterparts, but while fathers' body mass index (BMI) did not differ from that of men without children, mothers did have a higher BMI than childless women. Mothers also ate less healthfully than women without children, consuming more soda, sugary drinks, saturated fat, and total calories than their childless peers. More...
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