Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

troglodyte

Definition:(noun) A cave dweller, especially one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves.
Synonyms:caveman
Usage: These vile old troglodytes are no longer there; but into their deserted cave another terrible giant has thrust himself, and makes it his business to seize upon honest travelers and fatten them for his table.
Article of the Day

Planetariums

A planetarium is a building that houses an optical device, also called a planetarium, that projects images of celestial bodies and other astronomical phenomena onto a domed ceiling. The first modern planetarium was constructed in 1924 for the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. The "space race" of the 1950s and 60s boosted global interest in planetariums, and by the end of the 20th century, there were more than 100 major planetariums worldwide. What device was the forerunner of the planetarium? More...
This Day in History

Glassboro Summit Conference Begins (1967)

The Glassboro Summit Conference was a meeting between US President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin that took place at Hollybush mansion at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. Although the two leaders failed to reach agreement on anything important, the generally friendly atmosphere of the summit became known as the "Spirit of Glassboro" and is believed to have somewhat improved Soviet-US relations. What two wars were major subjects of discussion at the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Bob Fosse (1927)

Born into a vaudeville family, Fosse began dancing professionally at age 13. He won his first Tony Award for choreographing the Broadway musical The Pajama Game in 1954 and went on to win six more Tonys for his choreography, which was known for its sensuality, precision, and jazz sensibility. His later hit shows included Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity—both starring his wife, Gwen Verdon. Fosse was the first person to win what three awards in the same year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misery generates hate.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

go off in a huff

To leave in an angry, belligerent, or vexed mood. More...
Today's Holiday

Luxembourg National Day (2016)

On the eve of this national holiday, Dudelange hosts a torchlight procession, and the castle at Wiltz hosts a fête in the courtyard. Fireworks, parades, special religious services, public concerts, and dancing comprise the elaborate celebration in the capital city of Luxembourg. On National Day, people assemble in the capital not only to celebrate their independence, but also to observe the official birthday of the Grand Duke. The people there identify strongly with their country and speak their own language, known as Luxembourgeois. More...
In the News

Man Robs Bank of $1 to Secure Medical Care

As politicians in the US continue to debate the merits of universal healthcare, individuals in need of medical care may be growing increasingly desperate. One man in particular, an unemployed and uninsure d 59-year-old with a number of health problems, including a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks, and a foot problem, decided that since the incarcerated are guaranteed free healthcare, his only recourse was to rob a bank. To make it abundantly clear that his motives were purely health-related and not monetary, he insisted that the bank teller give him only $1 before sitting down and waiting for the police to arrive and arrest him. More...
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