Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

witticism

Definition:(noun) A remark or expression characterized by cleverness in perception and choice of words.
Synonyms:quip, sally, pun, one-liner, riposte, pleasantry, repartee, epigram, bon mot
Usage: They received his witticism with a piercing shriek of laughter.
Article of the Day

Mockumentaries

A mockumentary is a fictional production filmed in the style of a documentary, often for comedic or dramatic effect. An early example of the genre is a 3-minute spoof report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest aired by the BBC as an April Fools' joke in 1957. Perhaps the most well-known mockumentary is 1984's This is Spinal Tap, which follows a fictional heavy-metal band. Other famous examples include The Blair Witch Project and Borat. What TV shows are considered mockumentaries? More...
This Day in History

US Planes Embark on First Successful Aerial Circumnavigation Attempt (1924)

Just two decades after the first successful powered flight, pilots from the US Army Air Service completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. The trip took 175 days, and not all of it was smooth sailing—or flying, as it were. Weeks after the group of four airplanes set out from Seattle, Washington, one crashed in Alaska. Luckily, the crew survived, as did that of another of the planes, which later went down over the Atlantic. How many of the original planes completed the journey? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Henry Gosse (1810)

An English naturalist, Gosse built the first marine aquarium and was an innovator in the field of marine biology. He was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group that rejected the theory of evolution, and wrote many books on zoology, including Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile geological theories with the biblical account of creation. After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic father in Father and Son, written by his son Edmund, who was also his what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A married man forms married habits and becomes dependent on marriage just as a sailor becomes dependent on the sea.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

can't be bothered

Unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something. (Used in the present and past tenses almost interchangeably.) More...
Today's Holiday

Chakri Day

Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement of Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand's leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding of Bangkok as the capital. More...
In the News

US Obesity Problem Bigger than Previously Thought

The obesity problem in the US may be more extensive than previously thought. Researchers say that the body mass index (BMI) scale, which uses a ratio of height to weight to determine whether a person is obese, allows a large percentage of obese people to slip through the cracks. Of 1,393 people who had both their BMI and body fat percentage measured, 39% were not classified as obese by BMI standards but fell into the obese category for body fat. More...
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