Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

snooze

Definition:(noun) A brief light sleep.
Synonyms:catnap, forty winks, nap
Usage: Carey had retired as usual after dinner for a little snooze in the drawing-room, but he was in an irritable mood and could not sleep.
Article of the Day

The Cheshire Cat

Known for his distinctive mischievous grin, the Cheshire Cat of Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has had a notable impact on popular culture. Still, despite years of painstaking research, historians have not been able to reach a consensus on what inspired Carroll—who was born in Cheshire—to create the character in the first place. Several church carvings of grinning cats have been variously identified as Carroll's inspiration, but so has what food product? 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
When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should—so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

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

Digital Currency Service Accused of Laundering $6 Billion

The US government has shut down a Costa Rica-based digital currency service called Liberty Reserve, alleging that it laundered more than $6 billion in illicit funds. The service had more than a million users worldwide, nearly all of whom, officials suspect, were using it in relation to criminal activity, including child pornography, drug trafficking, identity theft, and hacking. Over the weekend, police in 17 countries carried out raids in which five of the company's principals were arrested and bank accounts, Internet domains, and computer hardware linked to the operation were seized. More...
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