Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

fugacious

Definition:(adjective) Passing away quickly; evanescent.
Synonyms:ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transitory, transient
Usage: Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side.
Article of the Day

Graffiti

Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Derived from the Italian word graffio ("scratch"), "graffiti" technically applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning has evolved over the centuries. Graffiti has been found in ancient Roman ruins and in medieval English churches. Today, its common targets are subways, billboards, and walls. Who is Banksy? 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
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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

Black Seadevil Caught on Video for the First Time

A female Black Seadevil has been captured on video in what researchers say are the first images of their kind. The grotesque creature, a type of anglerfish, was recorded off the coast of California at a depth of approximately 1,900 feet (579 m) by a remotely operated vehicle controlled by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The elusive fish—known for using a "lure" suspended over its mouth to attract prey—was spotted during a midwater transect, an exercise intended to catalog all species encountered at a particular depth. More...
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