Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

ireful

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or showing extreme anger.
Synonyms:irate
Usage: The ireful, angry chief was not so easily mollified.
Article of the Day

Carhenge

Built in western Nebraska in 1987, Carhenge is a replica of England's Stonehenge—made of vintage American cars instead of stones. The 38 cars that make up the monument are painted gray, closely matching the current, deteriorated condition of Stonehenge. Some are embedded in the earth standing on end, with others welded on top of them to form arches. Today, there is a visitor's center at the site, and Carhenge has even been featured on television and in film. It was created as a memorial to whom? More...
This Day in History

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap Begins Its Record-Breaking Run (1952)

When The Mousetrap opened in London, Christie, a legendary mystery author, predicted her play would run for just eight months. However, its initial run never ended, and it is now the longest-running play in the world. The murder mystery has been performed more than 24,000 times and is a popular tourist attraction. At the end of each performance, the audience is asked not to reveal the play's notorious twist ending. Who owns the rights to the play, and how did he get them? More...
Today's Birthday

Virgil Thomson (1896)

An influential American music critic and composer, Thomson studied in Paris. There, he met Gertrude Stein, with whom he wrote the operas Four Saints in Three Acts and The Mother of Us All. He also wrote several film scores. As music critic for New York's Herald Tribune, he delivered gracefully written criticism that was respected for its concern with music rather than the performers. What unusual method of composition was Thomson known for reviving? More...
Quotation of the Day
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

bring (something) into effect

To cause (something) to apply, begin operating, or take effect; to begin implementing or enforcing (something). More...
Today's Holiday

Manger Yam (2017)

Manger Yam is a harvest celebration of the yam crop observed in Haiti. It is considered taboo to eat any of the new yams before the festival for fear of falling ill or bringing ruin to the yam crop. In Vodoun belief, it is very important for people to maintain relationships with the dead, as well as with each other and the gods, so the deceased are included in the Manger Yam. In the Vodoun service, the priest or priestess leads prayers to the dead and to the gods and offers the first yams to them. After the ceremony, people feast on yam dishes and enjoy music and dancing. More...
In the News

UN: Eradication of AIDS "Feasible"

Tens of millions of people around the world have lost their lives to AIDS, and tens of millions more are presently living with HIV. Still, the UN believes that current global efforts to control, treat, and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS have set us on a path toward eradicating the disease. The number of people being newly infected with HIV is falling worldwide, and so is the number of annual deaths from AIDS. While recognizing that the disease remains "one of the world's most serious health challenges," a new UNAIDS report asserts that bringing an end to the AIDS epidemic is achievable. More...
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