Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

rebuff

Definition:(verb) Reject outright and bluntly.
Synonyms:snub, repel
Usage: When we left school he made advances to me; I did not rebuff them, for I was flattered, but we soon parted.
Article of the Day

The Kofun Period in Japan

Perhaps the oldest era in the recorded history of Japan, the Kofun period began in the 3rd century. Though Japanese tribal leaders remained in close economic and political contact with Korea during this period, they also increasingly consolidated their power. It was a critical stage in the evolution of a unified Japanese state. The introduction of Buddhism in 538 CE marked the start of a new and different era. The Kofun period is especially known for the building of what distinctive structures? More...
This Day in History

Theatre Royal Opens at Covent Garden in London, England (1732)

The original Covent Garden playhouse, called the Theatre Royal, was built in 1732 and hosted performances of plays, pantomimes, and opera. Twice destroyed by fire and rebuilt, the theater that stands today is the third built on the site. The Royal Ballet began performing there in 1946. The Royal Opera House reopened in 1999 after an 18-month renovation. It seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies. What actor financed the construction of the original theater in 1732? More...
Today's Birthday

Larry Bird (1956)

Bird was an American basketball player. After spending most of his collegiate career at Indiana State University, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 and became a perennial all-star. He led the Celtics to three championships and was named the league's most valuable player as many times. He retired after winning gold with the 1992 US Olympic "Dream Team." What future rival did Bird face in a college basketball championship game and then again in three professional championship series? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) head read

To have one's logic or sanity examined or reevaluated, usually regarding some ridiculous decision, plan, or idea. A reference to a pyschiatric evaluation, the phrase is usually used prescriptively. More...
Today's Holiday

Chaomos (2016)

Chaomos is the winter festival of the Kalasha people, who live in valleys in the northwestern corner of Pakistan, about 20 miles north of Chitral. The festival honors Balomain, a demigod said to have once lived among the Kalasha. The celebration begins with the purification of women and girls. A man waves burning juniper over the head of each woman, murmuring, "Sooch" ("Be pure"). On the following day, the men and boys are purified. The celebration continues with singing and chanting, a torchlight procession, dancing, bonfires, and festive eating of special bread and goat tripe. More...
In the News

Could Parenthood Protect Against Premature Death?

Parents may attribute many of their gray hairs to the stress of child rearing, but they may be willing to overlook the cosmetic inconvenience once they learn about the link between parenthood and lifespan. A study of more than 21,000 couples seeking fertility treatment found that childless women were four times more likely to die prematurely than those with children. Childless men were about twice as likely as dads to die early. Researchers note that while the findings do not indicate a causative relationship between childlessness and premature death, there is clear evidence of an elevated mortality rate among those who desire but are unable to have children. More...
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