Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

storyteller

Definition:(noun) Someone who tells lies.
Synonyms:fabricator, fibber
Usage: Ms. Jordan is a veteran teacher, so she has no patience for storytellers who try to weasel out of her assignments with fanciful excuses.
Article of the Day

Llullaillaco

Perpetually snow-capped and dormant since 1877, Llullaillaco is one of the tallest volcanoes in the world. Towering above the border of Chile and Argentina, it is also one of the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere and was once the site of human sacrifices. The mummified, well-preserved bodies of three Inca children were found on Llullaillaco in 1999. They are believed to have been drugged and abandoned at the summit more than 500 years ago. What force of nature damaged one of the mummies? More...
This Day in History

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss Premieres (1911)

Still regularly performed, Der Rosenkavalier is one of the most acclaimed comic operas of Richard Strauss, the leading composer of romantic opera in the early 20th century. It is loosely based on the works of Molière and Louvet de Couvrai and tells the story of the shifting romantic attachments of four principal characters. Strauss, who often abandoned tonality to emphasize the humor or drama of a scene, composed Der Rosenkavalier in collaboration with what poet? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Leonard Newman (1925)

Newman was an American actor who captured the darker, less heroic aspects of his best-remembered roles, such as those in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting. After eight nominations, he finally won an Academy Award for The Color of Money in 1986. In 1982, he launched his "Newman's Own" line of food products, donating the profits to various charitable causes. Why was Newman once placed on Richard Nixon's enemies list? More...
Quotation of the Day
In free society, art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the sphere of polemics and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

hot desking

The act or practice of sharing desks or workstations between employees in an office so as to cut down on the amount of office space required. More...
Today's Holiday

Douglas MacArthur Day (2017)

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), five-star general and supreme commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, was born on this day in Little Rock, Arkansas. After the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it was MacArthur who supervised the surrender ceremony in Tokyo. He directed the demobilization of Japanese military forces and the drafting of a new constitution. His birthday is observed in his home state of Arkansas, where he is widely remembered as one of the state's most famous sons. More...
In the News

Garlic Smugglers Swindle Swedes out of Millions

Smuggling garlic may seem like a paltry offense, but the practice is costing countries millions each year. In Sweden, two Britons stand accused of masterminding a Chinese garlic-smuggling ring that cheated the Swedish government out of an estimated $13.1 million (10 million euro) in taxes in just two years. This is apparently not an isolated incident. In 2010, Polish authorities intercepted 144 tons of illegal garlic shipments. More...
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