Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

charmer

Definition:(noun) Someone with an assured and ingratiating manner.
Synonyms:smoothie, sweet talker
Usage: Joseph was such a charmer that he was able to convince Hannah to give him the last of her mother's homemade cookies.
Article of the Day

Living Statues

Living statues are mimes who stand perfectly still for hours on end, pretending to be statues. They are sometimes painted with a metallic sheen or another color so that they appear to have been cast from metal or carved from stone. Often, they are so still that bystanders believe they are actual statues and—as has been shown on many a hidden-camera television show—create quite a commotion among startled onlookers if they disrupt the illusion by moving. When did the first living statues perform? More...
This Day in History

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring Sparks a Riot (1913)

The Rite of Spring is a landmark ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky that provoked a riot when it premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Expecting the demure conventions of classical ballet, the audience was caught off-guard by Stravinsky's dissonant score and Vaslav Nijinsky's violently untraditional choreography depicting fertility rites. Fistfights broke out between detractors and supporters, and chaos ensued. What Disney film popularized the ballet? More...
Today's Birthday

Bob Hope (1903)

Famous for his "ski-jump" nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. When asked on his deathbed at age 100 where he wanted to be buried, how did he respond? More...
Quotation of the Day
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

a kick at the can

An opportunity to do, try, or achieve something. Primarily heard in Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling (2017)

In Gloucestershire, England, cheese rolling is believed to have been a popular annual sport for at least 500 years. Cooper's Hill, which is located near Brockworth and is a thousand feet high, is famous for its fine pasture lands. Rolling the cheese down the hill traditionally reminded villagers of their right to graze sheep there. Early in the evening, the event leader, in a white smock and top hat, rolls the "cheese" discs (nowadays, three or four large wooden discs) down the hill. People chase after them, and the first to capture one of the discs receives a small prize. More...
In the News

Virus Power

Scientists have developed an electric generator that uses viruses to convert mechanical energy into electricity. To achieve this, they first had to boost the voltage that the M13 bacteriophage virus, which they already knew had some piezoelectric potential, could generate. Once they had done this, they attached a multilayered film of the virus to an electrode and found that tapping the electrode generated enough electricity to power a small LCD screen. Someday, similar devices could be used to harness energy from the vibrations of everyday activities, such as closing doors or walking. More...
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