Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

trumpery

Definition:(noun) Showy but worthless finery; bric-a-brac.
Synonyms:falderol, gimcrack, nonsense, frill
Usage: She may look confident and stylish with all those bangles and accessories, but underneath all that trumpery is an insecure girl trying to make her way in the world.
Article of the Day

Lechuguilla Cave

Long thought to be an insignificant, smallish cave near the famous Carlsbad Caverns, Lechuguilla Cave is now recognized as the deepest limestone cave in the US and the world’s fifth longest cave. It was only in 1986 that cavers digging through rubble at the floor of the cave discovered its expansive network of more than 120 miles (193 km) of passages. The cave is famous for its rare geological beauty, featuring gypsum chandeliers, hydromagnesite balloons, helictites, soda straws, and what else? More...
This Day in History

Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)

Earnhardt was a seven-time champion and one of NASCAR's most successful drivers when he was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 race. In the final lap, his car veered abruptly down the track and made contact with two others before hitting a concrete retaining wall head-on at about 160 mph (258 km/h). He was killed instantly. In the wake of the tragedy, NASCAR launched an intensive safety campaign and the Florida Legislature passed the Earnhardt Family Protection Act changing what laws? More...
Today's Birthday

Yoko Ono (1933)

Ono is a Japanese artist, musician, author, and peace activist best known for her marriage to John Lennon of the Beatles. She was raised in Japan and the US, where she started exploring conceptual and performance art. A member of the Fluxus movement, Ono developed a reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker, conceptual artist, performance artist, and experimental musician. Her 1964 Cut Piece, a commentary on identity, gender issues, suffering, and loneliness, invited the audience to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavor; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) to do

To have some task or action that one must complete or undertake. More...
Today's Holiday

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri (2017)

Hadaka Matsuri means, literally, "naked festival". The young men who participate are naked except for traditional white loincloths known as fundoshi. Sometimes the participants in Hadaka Matsuri immerse themselves in a river beforehand to purify themselves. Occasionally several semi-naked young men will carry a mikoshi, or portable shrine, in the form of a horse, rice bale, or sake barrel into the river with them. More...
In the News

$6 Trillion of Fake US Bonds Seized

Italian authorities have foiled a plot that, they say, had the potential to destabilize the international credit system. After an investigation into mafia loan-sharking tipped them off, Italian investigators turned their attention to a fake bond scheme that led to the seizure of approximately $6 trillion worth of fake US Treasury bonds and other securities. The bonds were recovered in Zurich, Switzerland, where scammers apparently planned to use them to defraud Swiss banks. Eight people have been arrested on charges of counterfeiting bonds, credit card forgery, and loan-sharking. More...
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