Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

peerless

Definition:(adjective) Eminent beyond or above comparison.
Synonyms:matchless, nonpareil, one and only, unrivaled, unmatched, one
Usage: You shall now learn how great is the knowledge and power of our peerless Sorceress.
Article of the Day

Rust Belt

The Rust Belt is an economic region in the northeast quadrant of the US, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The term gained wide use in the 1970s, as the once dominant industrial region became noted for the abandonment of factories and unemployment. Although some Rust Belt cities have improved after the expansion of non-manufacturing industries, others have been unable to do so. What US city has lost more than half of its population in recent decades? More...
This Day in History

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Its First Members (1986)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to archiving the history of rock music. It was created in 1983 but did not have a home until 1995, when it opened its Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, after civic leaders pledged $65 million in public money to fund its construction. The first group of inductees included Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to name a few. What band inducted into the Hall in 2006 refused to attend the induction ceremony? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernie Kovacs (1919)

Kovacs was an American comedian. He turned to television after studying acting and writing, and he did much of the performing, writing, and producing for his three series—Time for Ernie, The Ernie Kovacs Show, and Kovacs Unlimited. He utilized the television format imaginatively, employing sight gags and zany improvisations, and showed off his wacky personality in 10 movies before dying prematurely in a car crash. Why did he once give a taxi driver the key to his apartment? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a God in Heaven who will not forget to punish the wicked or reward the good; and it is not fitting that honest men should be the instruments of punishment to others, they being therein no way concerned.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

honey-mouthed

Smooth, soothing, and sweet in voice, especially in a persuasive or seductive manner or intent. More...
Today's Holiday

San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day (2017)

These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo's feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More...
In the News

E-Cigarettes' Effects on Airways Unknown

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, that release vaporized nicotine rather than tobacco smoke are marketed as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes, but scientists are now calling that claim into question. In a recent study, healthy smokers were monitored as they puffed on e-cigarettes. After just five minutes, participants showed signs of airway constriction and inflammation. Further research is needed to determine the long-term health effects of electronic cigarette use. More...
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