Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

bumptious

Definition:(adjective) Crudely or loudly assertive.
Synonyms:cocky, forward, arrogant, brash, swaggering, vaunting, pushy
Usage: I could hardly believe that the bumptious young suitor I had once turned away had grown into the polite, refined gentleman standing before me.
Article of the Day

Silent Film

Before the technology that incorporates sound into film was developed, films had no synchronized sound for dialogue. Instead, graphic titles were used to clarify the on-screen situation to the audience, and live music was often featured. This music, frequently improvised by a piano player, was viewed as an essential part of the moviegoing experience, as it provided the audience with vital emotional cues for the action taking place on screen. What famous animated film is considered a silent film? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Declares Standard Oil an "Unreasonable" Monopoly (1911)

By 1880, through elimination of competitors, mergers, and railroad rebates, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil controlled the refining of up to 95 percent of all oil produced in the US. In 1892, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the trust dissolved, but it continued to operate. Exposed in Ida Tarbell's History of the Standard Oil Company in 1904, it was broken up in 1911 after a lengthy antitrust suit by the US government. What current oil companies have ties to the former Standard Oil? More...
Today's Birthday

L. Frank Baum (1856)

Baum was an American author of more than 70 children's books who is best known for penning The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He moved from New York to South Dakota in 1888. When his newspaper there failed, he moved to Illinois and found work as a journalist. His first children's book, Mother Goose in Prose (1897), was followed by Father Goose: His Book, an immediate bestseller. In 2006, Baum's descendants apologized for editorials in which he called for the extermination of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

a falling out

A severe quarrel or disagreement, especially one that leads to a temporary or permanent end of a relationship. More...
Today's Holiday

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri, one of the most spectacular festivals in Tokyo, Japan, honors the three fishermen brothers who founded the Asakusa Kannon Temple in the 14th century. The festival has been held each year since the late 1800s. More than 100 portable shrines called mikoshi are paraded through the streets to the gates of the temple. Carrying them are men in happi coats—the traditional short laborers' jackets—worn to advertise their districts. There are also priests on horseback, musicians playing "sanja-bayashi" festival music, and dancers in traditional costume. More...
In the News

Turkey Mine Tragedy

An explosion and fire in a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, on Tuesday claimed the lives of at least 245 miners and possibly more than a hundred more who remain unaccounted for. Though oxygen was pumped into the mine in an effort to keep those trapped alive during the rescue effort, many of the dead recovered thus far succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning, and hope is rapidly fading for those still underground. Because the fire took place during shift change, the precise number of miners inside at the time of the incident has been uncertain but is estimated at 787. The mine's operator reports that 450 have so far been rescued. This is one of the worst mining tragedies in the country's history. More...
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