Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

cajolery

Definition:(noun) Flattery intended to persuade.
Synonyms:blandishment, palaver
Usage: She used every possible means of cajolery to persuade her father to take her to the circus.
Article of the Day

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse, located southwest of London, England, in the small village of Ascot, is used for thoroughbred horse racing. Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, it is still closely associated with the British Royal family. Ascot is perhaps most famous for the annual Royal Ascot, which takes place in June and is one of the world's most renowned race meetings. It is also a major event on the British social calendar. What tends to overshadow the actual racing in press coverage of the Royal Ascot? More...
This Day in History

World's Tallest Roller Coaster Opens in New Jersey (2005)

Reaching a height of 456 feet (139 m) and with a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h), the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, New Jersey, became the tallest and the fastest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 2005. It took both titles from Cedar Point park's Top Thrill Dragster, which was designed by the same company and is nearly identical. Kingda Ka lost its title as the world's fastest roller coaster in 2010 to what attraction? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Rousseau (1844)

Rousseau was an entirely self-taught French painter. He held a minor post as a tax collector in Paris for more than 20 years before retiring to paint at the age of 49. His work remained consistently naive and imaginative and was often ridiculed. It was only after his death that Rousseau gained recognition as an artistic genius. Though he never left France or saw a jungle, he is best known for his paintings of lush, tropical scenes and wild animals. What was his inspiration for the exotic scenes? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

keep the lid on (something)

To quash or suppress something; to control something so as to keep it from flourishing, increasing, or succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

Kingsburg Swedish Festival (2017)

This festival pays tribute to the Swedish heritage of Kingsburg, California. The event began in 1924 as a luncheon to commemorate the midsummer celebration of the harvest in Sweden. Today it's a full-fledged festival running from Thursday through Sunday of the third weekend in May and attracts about 25,000 visitors. Traditional Swedish costumes are worn, and Swedish food is eaten—Swedish pancakes, Swedish pea soup, a smorgasbord. Events include a Parade of Trolls, raising of the May Pole, folk dancing, arts and crafts displays, a horse trot, and live entertainment. More...
In the News

Thai Military Declares Martial Law

When news broke that Thailand's military leaders had declared martial law amid escalating violence between government supporters and opposition groups, many wondered whether they were witnessing the beginnings of the country's 19th attempted coup since the end of absolute monarchy there in 1932. Thus far, the army has denied that this is so, insisting that its imposition of martial law is merely an effort to "preserve order and bring back peacefulness." However, government ministers were not notified in advance of the military's plans, raising the suspicions of some. More...
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