Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

head-to-head

Definition:(adjective) Involving two persons; intimately private.
Synonyms:tete-a-tete
Usage: The quiet, uncrowded restaurant was the perfect setting for the couple's head-to-head conversation.
Article of the Day

Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena is a horserace held twice annually in the Tuscan city of Siena. Dating from the Middle Ages, the race is the centerpiece of festivals held in the city's Piazza del Campo in July and August. During the race, 10 jockeys riding bareback circle the piazza three times. The race usually lasts no more than 90 seconds, and it is not uncommon for jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the piazza's treacherous turns. What forms of sabotage are allowed in this race? More...
This Day in History

Highwayman Joseph "Blueskin" Blake Hanged (1724)

In the early 18th century, English criminal Jonathan Wild maintained a highly organized gang of thieves and long escaped punishment by posing as an instrument of justice and helping the authorities catch other criminals independent of, or rebellious to, his control. One such criminal was Blake, who was arrested after a burglary. He was tried, convicted, and hanged. What other notorious criminal—Blake's partner in crime—escaped from prison when Blake attacked a witness at his trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Alessandro Moreschi (1858)

Moreschi was the late 19th century's most famous castrato—a male singer who undergoes castration before puberty and, as a result, retains a soprano or alto voice that becomes extraordinarily powerful as he develops the lung capacity and physical bulk of an adult. He was first soprano in the Sistine Chapel choir for 30 years and was the only castrato of the bel canto tradition to make solo sound recordings. What do modern music critics say about the singing featured in these recordings? More...
Quotation of the Day
Contempt is that which putteth an edge upon anger, as much or more than the hurt itself.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

catch a snooze

To sleep or take a nap, especially of a short duration. More...
Today's Holiday

Heurigen Parties (2016)

St. Martin's Day, November 11, is the traditional time when wine taverns in Austria offer the first new wines of the year. Wine feasts called Heurigen parties abound in these taverns throughout the country and are scheduled according to an official Heurigenkalender. Traditional foods served with the new wine include sausage, cheese, and bread. Many taverns also stage operettas and other shows for the season. More...
In the News

Doctors and Lawmakers Say Pox Pops Are a Bad Idea

US authorities are warning parents not to mail lollipops licked by kids infected with the chickenpox to other parents hoping to expose their children to the disease. So-called pox parties, get-togethers aimed at exposing non-immunized kids to chickenpox, have been going on for quite some time. The lollipop idea is meant to accomplish the same thing, but doctors warn that the candies are unlikely to pass on chickenpox and could actually expose children to other, more serious diseases. Lawmakers also warn that sending such a package could violate federal laws against shipping biohazards across state lines. More...
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