Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

syrupy

Definition:(adjective) Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.
Synonyms:saccharine, treacly
Usage: I can appreciate a sentimental or romantic film, but syrupy "chick flicks" are another thing altogether.
Article of the Day

Inbreeding

Inbreeding is the mating of two closely related organisms. Some animals are inbred to select for desired traits and avoid others. Inbreeding is generally discouraged among humans because harmful recessive genes are likely to be passed on to offspring, causing health problems, including growth and fertility issues. Inbreeding likely hastened the end of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, as Charles II was both impotent and infertile. What deformity worsened throughout the generations of Habsburgs? 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
Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? ... He grows a forest to hide it in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

Giant Hornets Kill Dozens in China

It is mating season for the Asian giant hornet, when it is at its most aggressive, and people in northern China are feeling the sting. More than 1,600 people in Shaanxi province have been injured by the thumb-sized hornets—the largest in the world—and 42 people have actually died. When stung, victims are injected with a potent, neurotoxic venom that can cause allergic reactions in humans as well as multiple organ failure. More...
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