Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

pouter

Definition:(noun) Someone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression.
Synonyms:picklepuss, sourpuss
Usage: What will it take for you to stop being such a pouter and enjoy yourself?
Article of the Day

Film Crews

Working behind the scenes of on-camera talent, film crews are a vital part of the moviemaking process, taking care of such things as production, art, hair and makeup, cameras, sounds, visual effects, and lighting. Many of the positions within the crew have special names. For example, lighting and rigging technicians are known as grips. The key grip heads the department and works with the director of photography to arrange lighting and blocking. The best boy, also on the lighting team, does what? More...
This Day in History

Pontiac's Rebellion: Ojibwas Capture Fort Michilimackinac (1763)

In 1763, immediately after the French and Indian Wars, several Native American tribes allied against the British in an uprising that became known as Pontiac's Rebellion, after the Ottawa leader Pontiac. They captured and destroyed many British outposts. On the day of the surprise attack on Fort Michilimackinac, the Ojibwas, or Chippewas, approached the fort without arousing suspicion among the watching British soldiers by staging a game of baaga'adowe—the precursor of what modern sport? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Elgar (1857)

Elgar was an English composer whose oratorio The Dream of Gerontius is considered one of the finest examples of English choral music in history. He received his training from his father and succeeded him as organist of St. George's Church, Worcester, in 1885. He earned recognition for his Imperial March, composed in 1897 for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, and for his Enigma Variations. His most popular works are his five marches, the first of which is what famous song? More...
Quotation of the Day
Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

a life of its own

The state of something that exists and thrives outside and beyond the control of the point of origin. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Elmo's Day (2016)

The day known as St. Elmo's Day is actually St. Erasmus's Day, in honor of a third-century Italian bishop who is thought to have suffered martyrdom around the year 304. Erasmus was a patron saint of sailors and was especially popular in the 13th century. Sometimes, at sea on stormy nights, sailors will see a pale, brushlike spray of electricity at the top of the mast. In the Middle Ages, they believed that these fires were the souls of the departed, rising to glory through the intercession of St. Elmo. Such an electrical display is still referred to as "St. Elmo's Fire." More...
In the News

Norwegian Crime Novelist Talks His Way into the Record Books

At 11AM on May 22, Norwegian crime writer Hans Olav Lahlum started talking, and he essentially did not stop for the next 30 hours, 1 minute, and 44 seconds. With the help of interviewer Mads Andersen, Lahlum claimed the record for world's longest interview, though this has yet to be certified by Guinness World Records. The marathon interview, whose topics of discussion ranged from American presidents to world literature, was broadcast live on the Internet. The previous record holders, New Zealand's Tim Shadbolt and Tom Conroy, are already considering an attempt to retake the record. More...
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