Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

tune-up

Definition:(noun) Exercising in preparation for strenuous activity.
Synonyms:warm-up, prolusion
Usage: The scrimmage was a tune-up for the big game.
Article of the Day

Maenads

Also called bacchantes, maenads were female followers of the Greek wine-god Dionysus. The name "maenad" comes from a Greek word meaning "mad" or "demented." During the rites of Dionysus, maenads roamed the mountains and forests performing frenzied, ecstatic dances and were believed to be possessed by the god. While under his influence, they supposedly had extraordinary strength, and it was said they could tear animals—or people—to pieces. This was the fate met by what mythological figure? More...
This Day in History

Dr. No, the First James Bond Film, Is Released (1962)

In 1953, Ian Fleming published Casino Royale, the first of 12 novels featuring James Bond, the stylish, high-living secret service agent 007, who became one of the most successful heroes of 20th-century fiction. Packed with action, espionage, and sex, all 12 books—including From Russia, with Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball—became popular films. Although it was not the first Bond book, Dr. No was the first to be adapted for the big screen. Who starred as 007? More...
Today's Birthday

Joshua Lockwood Logan III (1908)

Logan was an American stage and film director and writer. He studied in Moscow under Constantin Stanislavsky and began to direct and act on Broadway and work on Hollywood films in the 1930s. He served as an intelligence officer in WWII, after which he directed a series of hit plays and musicals, including South Pacific, which he cowrote with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Why, when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1950, were only Rodgers and Hammerstein initially listed as awardees? More...
Quotation of the Day
Observation is an old man's memory.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have a voice (in something)

To have an active and participatory role in making or influencing a decision about something. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Republic Day (2016)

This national holiday commemorates the establishment of the Portuguese Republic on this day in 1910, which ended over two centuries of the monarchical rule of the Portuguese royal family, the House of Braganca. More...
In the News

Denmark's "Fat Tax" a First

In an effort to curb residents' unhealthy eating habits, Denmark has introduced a new tax on foods that contain more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. The "fat tax," believed to be the first of its kind in the world, will raise the prices of foods like butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, and oil. Still, some question whether the tax will actually deter people from buying the products, and others question whether saturated fat was the wisest food component to target, given that salt, sugar, and refined carbohydrates can also be detrimental to people's health. More...
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