Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

witticism

Definition:(noun) A remark or expression characterized by cleverness in perception and choice of words.
Synonyms:quip, sally, pun, one-liner, riposte, pleasantry, repartee, epigram, bon mot
Usage: They received his witticism with a piercing shriek of laughter.
Article of the Day

Mockumentaries

A mockumentary is a fictional production filmed in the style of a documentary, often for comedic or dramatic effect. An early example of the genre is a 3-minute spoof report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest aired by the BBC as an April Fools' joke in 1957. Perhaps the most well-known mockumentary is 1984's This is Spinal Tap, which follows a fictional heavy-metal band. Other famous examples include The Blair Witch Project and Borat. What TV shows are considered mockumentaries? More...
This Day in History

Founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (1830)

Shortly after Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon in 1830, he officially founded The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints—also known as the Mormon Church—in Fayette, New York. The church flourished but was forced to relocate frequently. It was violently expelled from Missouri, and a mob killed Smith in Illinois in 1844. His successor, Brigham Young, led followers to Utah three years later. Tensions with the US government continued to escalate, culminating in what war? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (1927)

Mulligan was an important baritone saxophonist and one of the best-known exponents of cool jazz, a delicate, understated offshoot of bebop. He began his career in the mid-1940s as an arranger for Gene Krupa and Claude Thornhill and played on the historic Miles Davis nonet recordings in 1949. He gained considerable success with the quartet he formed with Chet Baker in 1952, and he led ensembles of various sizes thereafter. Mulligan served jail time after he was arrested in 1953 for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A married man forms married habits and becomes dependent on marriage just as a sailor becomes dependent on the sea.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) nerves are shot

One is mentally or emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, or overwrought. More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (2017)

April 6, 1830 is the day on which Joseph Smith formally established the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons) in Fayette, New York. Three years later the anniversary of the Church's founding was celebrated for the first time; in 1837, a general conference was held to conduct church business and to observe the anniversary. Eventually the idea of holding an annual conference became an established custom, and it was always scheduled to encompass the April 6 founding date. More...
In the News

US Obesity Problem Bigger than Previously Thought

The obesity problem in the US may be more extensive than previously thought. Researchers say that the body mass index (BMI) scale, which uses a ratio of height to weight to determine whether a person is obese, allows a large percentage of obese people to slip through the cracks. Of 1,393 people who had both their BMI and body fat percentage measured, 39% were not classified as obese by BMI standards but fell into the obese category for body fat. More...
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