Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 29, 2014)
Word of the Day

orphic

Definition:(adjective) Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding.
Synonyms:occult, mysterious, mystical, secret
Usage: The orphic symbols on the tome could only be deciphered by the blind wizard.
Article of the Day

Chocolate

Chocolate is prepared in a complex process from ground, roasted cacao beans. The Maya had a chocolate beverage perhaps as early as 900 BCE, and the Aztecs prized the cacao tree. In the 16th century, Montezuma II served Hernán Cortés a cacao-bean drink called xocoatl—"bitter water"—that Cortés then introduced to Europe. It became a fashionable drink there, and chocolate shops thrived, becoming centers of political discussion. When did London's first chocolate shop open? More...
This Day in History

Black Tuesday (1929)

In the 1920s, the US stock market expanded rapidly and reached a peak in August 1929, when prices began to decline while speculation increased. On October 24, "Black Thursday," a record 12,894,650 shares were traded. Banks and investment companies bought large blocks of stock to stem the panic, but on October 29, "Black Tuesday," 16 million shares were traded and prices collapsed. Why do some scholars contend that the stock market crash was not the cause of the Great Depression? More...
Today's Birthday

Fanny Brice (1891)

Brice was an American comedian and singer who built her act on parody and physical humor. A perennial Ziegfeld Follies star after 1910, she attained international fame with her signature torch-song parody, "My Man." Appearing in vaudeville, musicals, dramas, movies, and radio throughout her career, Brice demonstrated that a woman could succeed in entertainment without exploiting her sexuality or making a fool of herself or other women. What Broadway musical was based on her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty: One of imagination's most precious possessions.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have nothing to do

To have no tasks or actions that one must complete or undertake; to have nothing with which to occupy one's time. More...
Today's Holiday

World Creole Music Festival (2016)

Creole music, language, and culture are sources of national pride for the island nation of Dominica, as they are for peoples throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and other regions where Creoles have settled. The World Creole Music Festival is a three-day event showcasing this distinctive music and culture, held in Dominica's capital city, Roseau, as well as other cities on the island. The festival has brought attention to a diverse set of musical genres that are directly or indirectly associated with Creole music, including cadence-lypso, zouk, soukous, bouyon, and zydeco. More...
In the News

Itching to Take a Selfie

A Russian government agency is blaming the selfie craze for the spread of head lice and advising young people to abstain from the practice to protect themselves. It says group selfies, which typically require the individuals involved to squeeze close together to fit into a photo, have become the primary pathway for the critters to jump from host to host. While it is conceivable that a person carrying lice could inadvertently spread them to others in this manner, many find the notion that this is the leading cause of the parasite's spread to be suspect and have taken to social media to mock the assertion (and the agency behind it). More...
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