Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

festivity

Definition:(noun) Any joyous diversion.
Synonyms:celebration
Usage: The whole town was filled with mirth and dance and festivity.
Article of the Day

Josephus

Josephus was a Jewish historian and soldier whose historical works are among the most valuable sources for the study of early Judaism and early Christianity. At the beginning of the war between the Romans and Jews, he was made commander of Galilee. After surrendering to the Romans, he won the favor of the Roman general Vespasian and lived in Rome under imperial patronage, where he wrote his Greek-language historical works. Why is his surrender to the Romans still controversial? More...
This Day in History

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (1973)

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen was a 1973 rock festival that drew more attendees than any pop music festival before it. An estimated 600,000 fans flocked to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway outside of Watkins Glen, New York, to see performances by The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. In fact, so many concertgoers arrived early that the bands performed an impromptu concert during their sound checks the day before the festival. Who was the only person to die at the festival? More...
Today's Birthday

Beatrix Potter (1866)

Potter was an English author and illustrator whose 23 children's books, featuring her delicate drawings and watercolor paintings, are considered classics today. When she was 27, she sent an illustrated story to a sick boy whose mother, Potter's former governess, encouraged her to publish it. This became her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Now one of the best-selling children's books of all time, it was initially rejected by publishers. How did Potter respond to this setback? More...
Quotation of the Day
As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

guess again

A rhetorical imperative indicating that the person being spoken to is mistaken about, and thus should reconsider, something. More...
Today's Holiday

Lumberjack World Championships

At the turn of the century, Hayward, Wisconsin, was one of the most active logging towns in the northern United States. Nowadays Hayward is known primarily as the site of the largest lumberjack competition in the country. Lumberjacks and logrollers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, and the United States come to Hayward to compete in a variety of events. The three-day event takes place in the Lumberjack Bowl, a large bay of Lake Hayward that was once used as a holding pond for the North Wisconsin Lumber Company and is now used for the World Logrolling Championships. More...
In the News

Few Consumers Consult Restaurant Menu Calorie Counts

New York's initiative to encourage healthier eating by requiring chain restaurants with 15 or more locations nationally to display calorie information on their menus has had mixed results. While diners who reported using the caloric information purchased 106 fewer calories than customers who ignored or did not see the information, only 15 percent actually used the labels. Overall, researchers found no significant change in average calorie consumption following the implementation of the labeling system. More...
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