Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 07, 2016)
Word of the Day

raring

Definition:(adjective) Full of eagerness; enthusiastic.
Synonyms:impatient
Usage: Standing at the starting line of the race, he shifted from foot to foot and was raring to go.
Article of the Day

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca, or "vine of the soul," is a South American hallucinogenic brew made from the bark and stems of a tropical vine, generally Banisteriopsis caapi, mixed with other psychotropic plants. Many indigenous Amazonian peoples use the brew in their folk medicines and shamanistic rituals. In addition to its hallucinogenic properties, ayahuasca helps protect the body from tropical parasites and worms by inducing vomiting and diarrhea. What dietary restrictions surround ayahuasca use? 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
Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron, namely, that he is a blockhead.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

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

UAE Considers Building a Mountain to Boost Rainfall

The United Arab Emirates is considering an ambitious project to build a mountain that would help boost rainfall in the arid nation. Arabian Business reports that scientists are studying the feasibility of creating a man-made mountain. Experts from the ... More...
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