Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

inauthentic

Definition:(adjective) Intended to deceive.
Synonyms:spurious
Usage: Jim congratulated me on my promotion, but his inauthentic excitement did little to mask his jealousy.
Article of the Day

Frigg

One of the most important goddesses of Norse mythology and Germanic religion, Frigg is the patron of marriage, fertility, and the household. Though many stories depict her as a devoted mother, others stress her loose morals. Due to her resemblance to the Roman goddess Venus, the Latin day of Venus came to be known as Frigg's day—or Friday—in Germanic countries. According to legend, Frigg's son Baldr was killed after she inadvertently revealed the one thing that could harm him. What was it? More...
This Day in History

Popeye Makes His Debut in the Thimble Theater Comic Strip (1929)

Popeye, the popular cartoon character who turns from sailor to strongman with a few swallows of spinach, started out as a minor character in the Thimble Theater comic strip. In its early days, the strip starred Olive Oyl and her boyfriend, Ham Gravy. However, after cartoonist E.C. Segar introduced Popeye, he became so popular that his role was expanded, and he soon replaced Ham as Olive's love interest, going on adventures with her brother, Castor Oyl, and facing what nemesis? More...
Today's Birthday

Mack Sennett (1880)

Sennett was an American movie director, considered the father of slapstick comedy in film. After directing comedies under the tutelage of D.W. Griffith, he left to form his own Keystone Company and produced the first American feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance, in 1914. He made more than 1,000 comedy shorts, often featuring the wild antics of the Keystone Kops, and received a special Academy Award in 1937. As an actor, Sennett played what iconic character in several films? More...
Quotation of the Day
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

hold the ring

To monitor or control a conflict or dispute, especially in a neutral or uninvolved manner. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Australian Open (2017)

The Australian Open is the year's first event in the Grand Slam of tennis. It is played on synthetic hard courts in Melbourne, Australia, and known officially as the Australian Championships. The championship for men began in 1905, and the women's championship in 1922. The matches became an "open" (to both amateurs and professionals) in 1969. Margaret Smith Court, an Australian known for her powerful serve and volley, is the all-time champion in the women's division of the open; she won the title 11 times between 1960 and 1973. More...
In the News

Cat Burglar Indeed!

Police in Brazil are trying to solve an unusual mystery, and the perpetrator in this case isn't talking—because it's a cat! On New Year's Day, guards at a prison in Arapiraca noticed a cat wrapped in tape entering through the prison's main gate. Upon closer examination, they found a saw, a mobile phone, drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries, and a phone charger all adhered to its body. Following the ordeal, the unfortunate feline was sent for medical care. Investigators have yet to determine who is responsible for the audacious smuggling attempt. More...
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