Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

pettifogger

Definition:(noun) A petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer.
Synonyms:shyster
Usage: He was by all accounts a pettifogger, and judges dreaded having him appear in their courtrooms.
Article of the Day

The Ukulele

The ukulele is a Hawaiian musical instrument developed from the Portuguese guitar. It has a fretted fingerboard and four strings that are plucked or strummed. A similar instrument is the banjolele, which has a banjo body. The ukulele became popular in the US through a 1915 exposition held in San Francisco, at which the Hawaiian Pavilion featured a guitar and ukulele ensemble. Vaudeville performers took it up, and its popularity spread. "Ukulele" is Hawaiian for what? More...
This Day in History

Miles Davis's Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)

Recorded in just two sessions in the spring of 1959, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is widely considered to be one of the most important jazz albums ever produced. Davis assembled a group of talented musicians—including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Bill Evans—and gave them minimal instructions before recording. Possibly the best-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue is notable for having left out something considered to be the backbone of earlier jazz composition—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mae West (1893)

West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I'm No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. What was dubbed a "Mae West" during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

know every trick in the book

To be aware of or knowledgeable in every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. More...
Today's Holiday

Gabon Independence Day (2017)

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More...
In the News

Planet Hunters Spot Jupiter Jr., 96 Light Years from Earth

A team of astronomers came across the latest clue in the quest to unravel how solar systems and their planets evolve. Scientists discovered a Jupiter-like planet circling a very young star similar to the sun about 96 light years from Earth, making ... More...
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