Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

abdicate

Definition:(verb) To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
Synonyms:renounce
Usage: The King abdicated the throne when he married a divorcee.
Article of the Day

Rubies

Rubies are precious gemstones that range in color from light pink to blood red and are second only to the diamond in hardness. They are found chiefly in Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka and are classified among the most valuable of gems. The rare star ruby, which shows an internal star-shaped formation when cut into a cabochon, is an example of a gemstone whose value is actually increased by an inclusion. Why can rubies be found beneath building foundations in some Asian countries? 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
We must eat to live and live to eat.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

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

How Geckos Might Prove There's No Such Thing as Spiderman

Sorry Spiderman fans, but scientists may have disproved his signature move. Humans are too big and have too small feet to climb a wall like a spider, according to a new study. Hundreds of smaller animals, from tiny mites to geckos, have adhesive footpads ... More...
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