Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

panjandrum

Definition:(noun) An important or self-important person.
Synonyms:dignitary, high muckamuck, high-up, VIP
Usage: A word from my boss, a panjandrum of the filmmaking industry, can make or break a person's Hollywood career.
Article of the Day

Dekotora

A uniquely Japanese phenomenon, Dekotora—or "Decoration Trucks"—are dump trucks, tractor-trailers, or buses that have been customized with large amounts of lights, metallic ornamentation, and elaborate artwork. Popularized in the 1970s, Dekotora are retrofitted to reflect their owners' tastes, incorporating intricate chrome and steel work and designs ranging from dragons to flowers, mountain scenes, Buddhist symbols, pop stars, and anime characters. What 1975 film made Dekotora popular? More...
This Day in History

Honda Motor Company Founded (1948)

In 1946, Japanese mechanic, race car driver, and self-taught engineer Soichiro Honda founded a company that made small, efficient engines. It was incorporated as Honda Motor Co. two years later and originally produced only motorcycles. Its clean-burning CVCC engine created an automotive revolution, and its cars won a large share of the US market after they went on sale in 1963. Today, Honda is one of the world's leading automakers. What else besides cars and motorcycles does Honda manufacture? More...
Today's Birthday

Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine's lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her "Potemkin villages," which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

have a fling (with someone)

To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Marion County Ham Days

This event is a weekend celebration of the famous Kentucky smoked ham, held in Lebanon (Marion County), Kentucky, since 1970. The affair started with a simple country ham breakfast served to about 300 people on the street; now about 50,000 folks show up. Breakfast (ham cured in Marion County, eggs, biscuits with local honey, fried apples) is still served on Saturday and Sunday, but there is more: a "Pigasus Parade" with more than 100 floats, a Pokey Pig 5K run, a crafts and antiques show, a hog-calling contest, a hay-bale toss, and a hot air balloon race. More...
In the News

Kenyan Forces Gaining Ground in Nairobi Mall Attack

Kenyan authorities claim to have gained control of a mall that was the site of a days-long attack by al-Shabaab terrorists that killed at least 62 people and injured at least 170 more. The massacre in the upscale Nairobi shopping center began at about noon on Saturday and is believed to be in its final stages, with all of the hostages now thought to be out of harm's way and Kenyan forces combing the building for remaining gunmen. The group behind the attack claims it was retaliation for Kenyan military operations in Somalia. More...
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