Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 5, 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

First Episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus Airs on BBC (1969)

A highly influential British sketch comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus ran until 1974 and subsequently spawned four movies and several live shows. With scenes such as "The Dead Parrot Sketch" and "The Spanish Inquisition," the innovative, disjointed, non-traditional show became a cult favorite noted for its surreal, sarcastic, innuendo-laden humor. Interspersed throughout the show were Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, including a giant, crushing foot taken from what painting? More...
Today's Birthday

Larry Fine (1902)

Fine was just a toddler when his left arm was badly burned by acid used in his father's Philadelphia jewelry store. To help strengthen his damaged arm, Fine learned to play violin, which led him to a career in vaudeville. In the 1920s, he joined the comedy act that would become The Three Stooges, catapulting him—and his trademark unruly hair—to fame in several feature films and hundreds of shorts. As a young man, what else did he do to strengthen his arm until his father made him stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
Observation is an old man's memory.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a licence to print money

An activity, business model, or company that yields very high profits but requires little or no effort to do so. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Sharad Purnima (2017)

Hindus devote this day to the moon god, Hari. In the belief that amrit (elixir) is showered on the earth by moonbeams, they prepare khir (milk thickened with rice and mixed with sugar) on this day and offer it to Hari amid the ringing of bells and chanting of hymns. The mixture is left out in the moonshine all night so that it may absorb the amrit falling from the moon. The resulting khir is believed to possess special qualities. In the evening, the moon god is worshipped and offered food. The next morning, the specially prepared khir is given to the devotees. 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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