Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

hideout

Definition:(noun) A place of shelter or concealment.
Synonyms:den
Usage: There are rumors that criminals once used this abandoned warehouse as a hideout, but they have never been confirmed.
Article of the Day

En Pointe

En pointe is the classical ballet technique of dancing on the tips of the toes. Primarily the domain of female dancers, it conveys an appearance of fairy-like weightlessness. Pointe work is accomplished with the aid of specialized ballet shoes that have a flat, stiff front that supports the toes and a shank that supports the arch. Still, dancing en pointe puts tremendous stress on dancers’ feet and requires extensive training. Why should dancers be at least 12 before starting to dance en pointe? More...
This Day in History

Hiram Bingham III Locates Machu Picchu (1911)

Bingham was an American archaeologist who explored the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which he incorrectly identified as the "lost city" of Vilcabamba, bringing them to the attention of the outside world for the first time. Ironically, he was also the first modern explorer to reach Espiritu Pampa, found 60 mi (110 km) east of Machu Picchu, a site now widely recognized as the actual remains of Vilcabamba. A Yale University lecturer, Bingham may have been the inspiration for what fictional character? More...
Today's Birthday

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900)

Zelda Sayre was an aspiring writer when she married F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. A glamorous and witty couple, they lived an extravagant life in New York City that F. Scott unsuccessfully attempted to support with his writing. They eventually moved to Europe, where they became part of a celebrated circle of American expatriates known as the Lost Generation. After 1930, Zelda was intermittently confined to sanatoriums for schizophrenia but still managed to publish short stories and what novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. More...
Today's Holiday

Manitoba Sunflower Festival (2016)

The Mennonites were members of an evangelical Protestant sect named for Menno Simons, a Dutch priest. A number of Russian Mennonites settled in Manitoba, Canada, where their heritage is still celebrated. Because the Mennonites were the first to extract the oil from sunflower plants, the city of Altona honors its Mennonite heritage with an annual Sunflower Festival, offering a number of Mennonite foods such as veriniki, borscht, and rollkuchen. Activities include the Great Ping Pong Ball Drop, motorcross races, pancake breakfasts, and a huge farmers' market. More...
In the News

China Broadens Online Video Censorship Rules

China already blocks many overseas video sites, including YouTube, but its State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) is of the opinion that more must be done to safeguard the mental health of young people. To that end, it is now requiring video website administrators to prescreen and block "vulgar" material, specified as that containing violence, pornography, and some swearing. It has been suggested that the vague nature of the guidelines was an intentional move on the part of the government censors, as it leaves them with the final say in what does or does not pass muster. More...
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