Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

detractor

Definition:(noun) One who disparages or belittles the worth of something.
Synonyms:depreciator, disparager, knocker
Usage: His stellar performance silenced many of his detractors.
Article of the Day

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are service dogs that have been specially trained to help the visually impaired safely navigate their environments. The first school for guide dogs was established by the German government after World War I to provide service dogs to blinded veterans. Schools now exist in several European countries and in the US, where the pioneer Seeing Eye, Inc., founded by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in 1929, is one of the best known. What breeds are most frequently trained to be guide dogs? More...
This Day in History

Louis B. Mayer Opens His First Movie Theater (1907)

Born in Russia, Mayer immigrated to Canada and then the US with his family and began working in his father's scrap-iron business at 14. At 23, he bought a small nickelodeon in Massachusetts, and by the time he reached his mid-30s, he owned New England's largest movie theater chain. In 1925, he merged his film production company with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which, under his leadership, became Hollywood's most prestigious studio. Mayer aspired to have "more stars than" what? More...
Today's Birthday

Friedrich Engels (1820)

With Karl Marx, Engels was one of the founders of modern Communism. After forming a partnership to promote the socialist movement, the two organized revolutionary movements and collaborated on several works, most notably the Communist Manifesto. Though Marx's personality has overshadowed that of Engels, Engels served as the foremost authority on Marx and Marxism after Marx's death in 1883. Despite his criticism of capitalism, Engels supported Marx's publications by doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Today's Holiday

Chitlin' Strut (2015)

The Chitlin' Strut is a feast of chitlins, or chitterlings (hog intestines), held in the small town of Salley, South Carolina. The affair features a "hawg-calling" contest, country music, arts and crafts, a parade, lots of chitlins (about 8,000 pounds are devoured each year), and chicken for those not enamored of chitlins. Chitlins are prepared by cleaning them well, boiling them until they are tender, and then, after coating them in egg and crumbs, frying them in deep fat until they're crackling crisp. More...
In the News

Watchmakers Wound Up about Watch Face Downloads

Many of those who have traded their traditional wristwatch for a smartwatch still want the look of an old-fashioned timepiece, and several websites now offer downloads of virtual faces. But the rise of downloadable watch faces has led many watch manufacturers to begin to crack down on the virtual copies of their designs. According to recent reports, several high-profile watch manufacturers recently sent legal notices to watch face download sites requesting that their designs be removed. More...
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