Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 7, 2012)
Word of the Day

anteroom

Definition:(noun) A large entrance or reception room or area.
Synonyms:foyer, lobby, vestibule, hall
Usage: The butler had me wait in the anteroom while he went to get the master of the house.
Article of the Day

Capuchin Monkeys

Capuchins are highly intelligent monkeys that live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. In the wild, they use tools to crack open nuts and crabs and have learned to rub crushed millipedes on their backs as mosquito repellant. Easily trained, they are historically recognizable as the classic organ-grinder's monkey and are today widely used in lab experiments and occasionally as service animals. What sorts of tasks are monkey helpers trained to perform to assist the disabled? More...
This Day in History

World War II: Germany Signs Unconditional Surrender (1945)

By the beginning of 1944, air warfare had turned overwhelmingly in favor of the Allies, who wrought unprecedented destruction on many German cities and on transport and industries throughout German-held Europe. German collapse came after the meeting of the Western and Russian armies at Torgau in Saxony, and after Hitler's death amid the ruins of Berlin, which was falling to the Russians. The unconditional surrender of Germany was signed at Reims on May 7. When did it take effect? More...
Today's Birthday

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840)

A towering figure in Russian music and one of the most popular composers in history, Tchaikovsky became interested in music as a child and turned to serious composition at 14. His works are noted for their expressive melodies, and he is said to have revolutionized ballet by transforming it from a grand decorative gesture into a staged musical drama. His ballets include Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. What Russian businesswoman supported him for 13 years but—as a rule—never met him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

Elvis has left the building

Said when an event or performance has come to an end, or when someone or something has left a place, especially in a dramatic fashion. The phrase refers to an announcement famously made at the end of Elvis Presley concerts alerting people that he vacated the premises and no further encores would be played. More...
Today's Holiday

Crawfish Festival (2016)

The Crawfish Festival is a time to celebrate and eat the small crustaceans (also called crayfish and crawdads) in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, a small Cajun village. Since 1959, by act of the state legislature, the village has been officially called the "Crawfish Capital of the World." The festival is a three-day event, featuring crawfish races, a parade, Cajun music night and day, a crawfish cookoff, and a World Championship Crawfish-Eating Contest. The prize is a trophy and crawfish to take home. As many as 100,000 visitors come to this village of 7,600 for the festival. More...
In the News

Lenin Poisoned?

In the years leading up to his death in 1924, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin suffered a series of debilitating strokes. It has been suggested that a syphilis infection caused these strokes, but a doctor and a historian who examined Lenin's medical records and other evidence now believe that stress, familial predisposition to hardening of the arteries, and possibly even poison are the more likely culprits. Lenin's brain and body were preserved following his death, and tests could reveal whether he was indeed poisoned. More...
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