Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

refurbish

Definition:(verb) To make clean, bright, or fresh again.
Synonyms:freshen up, renovate
Usage: We refurbished the offices in the hopes that a new look would make for happier, more productive employees.
Article of the Day

Armillary Sphere

Used as early as the third century BCE, armillary spheres are astronomical models of the celestial sphere—an imaginary sphere surrounding the Earth, upon which the celestial bodies seem to lie. Fixed and movable rings representing circles of the celestial sphere, such as the ecliptic and the celestial equator, allow astronomers to use armillary spheres to determine the movements and positions of stars. A representation of this device is prominently featured on what country's national flag? More...
This Day in History

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring Sparks a Riot (1913)

The Rite of Spring is a landmark ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky that provoked a riot when it premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Expecting the demure conventions of classical ballet, the audience was caught off-guard by Stravinsky's dissonant score and Vaslav Nijinsky's violently untraditional choreography depicting fertility rites. Fistfights broke out between detractors and supporters, and chaos ensued. What Disney film popularized the ballet? More...
Today's Birthday

Bob Hope (1903)

Famous for his "ski-jump" nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. When asked on his deathbed at age 100 where he wanted to be buried, how did he respond? More...
Quotation of the Day
The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

a kick at the can

An opportunity to do, try, or achieve something. Primarily heard in Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling (2017)

In Gloucestershire, England, cheese rolling is believed to have been a popular annual sport for at least 500 years. Cooper's Hill, which is located near Brockworth and is a thousand feet high, is famous for its fine pasture lands. Rolling the cheese down the hill traditionally reminded villagers of their right to graze sheep there. Early in the evening, the event leader, in a white smock and top hat, rolls the "cheese" discs (nowadays, three or four large wooden discs) down the hill. People chase after them, and the first to capture one of the discs receives a small prize. More...
In the News

Antibiotics Overprescribed to Asthmatic Kids

It is widely known that antibiotic overuse promotes the emergence of resistant bacteria, yet many pediatricians still prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily to asthmatic patients. A review of more than 60 million doctor visits in the US involving asthmatic children who had no symptoms indicating a need for antibiotic treatment found that doctors still prescribed one nearly 17% of the time. A similar trend was seen in Belgium. Researchers say that better educating doctors about the causes and appropriate courses of treatment for asthma could help reduce the overprescribing of antibiotics. More...
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