Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

stager

Definition:(noun) An experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service.
Synonyms:old hand, old-timer, warhorse, veteran
Usage: The proposal was seductive, but La Ramee was an old stager, acquainted with all the traps a prisoner was likely to set.
Article of the Day

Harlequinade

Harlequinade was a type of theatrical performance popular in 18th-century Britain. It was a slapstick adaptation of the commedia dell'arte, itself a 16th-century Italian comedy tradition featuring stock characters in improvised performances. A typical Harlequinade showcased a series of interwoven scenes culminating in a skit about the clever protagonist Harlequin and his love interest, Columbine. Which Harlequinade character became so popular that he remains instantly recognizable today? More...
This Day in History

Centennial Olympic Park Bombing (1996)

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, a bombing in Centennial Olympic Park killed one person and injured 111 others. Despite the attack, officials and athletes agreed that the games should continue. Security guard Richard Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for discovering the bomb and helping clear the area before it detonated, but he soon fell under suspicion and was vilified by various media outlets before finally being exonerated. Who was actually behind the bombing? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludovico Sforza (1452)

Sforza effectively ruled Milan from 1480, first as regent for his young nephew and later, after his nephew's suspicious death, as duke. The patron of Leonardo da Vinci, he presided over the final and most productive period of the Milanese Renaissance but was captured and imprisoned while fighting to expel the French from Italy. Before his fall, he was one of the wealthiest and most powerful princes of Italy, spending immense sums to further the arts and sciences. What painting did he commission? More...
Quotation of the Day
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

(all) great minds run in the same channel

Wise or intelligent people tend to have the same ideas or think in a similar way. Often used humorously regarding unremarkable thoughts occuring simultaenously between two or more people. More...
Today's Holiday

Cheyenne Frontier Days (2016)

What began in 1897 as an attempt to keep alive the sports and customs of the Old West has grown into a week-long festival that regularly attracts over 300,000 visitors. Cheyenne, Wyoming, was one of the wealthiest cattle-raising cities in the world in the 1880s, and now it celebrates its colorful history by staging one of the world's largest outdoor rodeos. The festival also includes parades of covered wagons, stagecoaches and other old-time vehicles; ceremonial Native American dances; the crowning of a "Miss Frontier" queen; and pageants recreating events from Cheyenne's past. More...
In the News

Mutineers' Descendants See Swell

After mounting a mutiny against Captain William Bligh and setting him adrift along with those members of the crew who remained loyal to him, the remaining crew of the HMS Bounty sailed to Tahiti and settled there in 1789. To avoid arrest, the mutineers eventually fled to Pitcairn Island, taking their Tahitian companions with them. Their descendants, who now inhabit nearby Norfolk Island, have one of the lowest rates of myopia in the world, and scientists believe studying them could help identify the genetic causes of short-sightedness. More...
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