Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 6, 2013)
Word of the Day

two-dimensional

Definition:(adjective) Lacking the expected range or depth.
Synonyms:flat
Usage: The actress's two-dimensional performance was especially disappointing given the emotional complexity of the character she was playing.
Article of the Day

Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri—literally, "naked festival"—is a Shinto tradition observed all over Japan, usually not long after New Year's Day. Rituals related to its observance vary, but one custom that remains consistent is the dress code. For the most part, participants wear nothing more than a traditional white fundoshi, or loincloth. One particularly unusual ritual involves them chasing a fully naked man who has been specially selected for the event. What is this intended to accomplish? More...
This Day in History

The Hindenburg Disaster (1937)

Launched in 1936 in Germany, the Hindenburg was the largest rigid airship ever constructed and was promoted by the Nazis as a symbol of national pride. It started the first commercial air service across the North Atlantic and made several trips to the Americas. On one such trip, the hydrogen-filled airship violently and unexpectedly exploded in flames and crashed in New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board. What non-flammable gas was originally supposed to provide the airship's lift? More...
Today's Birthday

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758)

Robespierre was one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1789 and became an influential orator. After calling for the execution of the king in 1792, he led the Jacobins and the Committee of Public Safety in establishing the Reign of Terror, during which hundreds of thousands of political opponents were arrested and thousands were guillotined. In 1794, he was overthrown and executed. What was his role in the Cult of the Supreme Being? More...
Quotation of the Day
Birth, n.: The first and direst of all disasters.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

in the circumstances

Due to the conditions or particular situation; such as the case is. More...
Today's Holiday

Kentucky Derby (2017)

The Kentucky Derby is the greatest and most glamorous horse race in America, run since 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a one-and-one-quarter-mile race for three-year-old thoroughbreds and is the first race in the Triple Crown. The Derby became Louisville's major social occasion of the year; women to this day wear their most stylish hats to the racetrack, and there are numerous lavish Derby breakfasts and parties. And, of course, the Derby wouldn't be the Derby without mint juleps, the bourbon-and-mint drink served in cold silver cups. More...
In the News

Live Fast, Die Young, and Leave a Good-Looking Corpse

The price of fame may be early death. An analysis of US newspaper obituaries shows that performers and athletes tend to die earlier than those who have success in other fields. While featured academics reached an average age of 82 and businesspeople and those in the political and military arenas reached 83, performers and athletes on average lived only to 77. These observations are fairly limited and do not establish whether shortened life expectancy is a cause or effect of a career in the limelight, but they certainly raise some interesting questions about the subject of celebrity. More...
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