Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

quail

Definition:(verb) To shrink back in fear; cower.
Synonyms:cringe, flinch, recoil, wince
Usage: The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice.
Article of the Day

Mount Everest

The peak of Mount Everest is 29,035 ft (8,850 m) above sea level, making it the highest point on earth. It is called Chomo-Lungma, or "Mother of the Universe," by the Tibetans, and Devgri in Sanskrit, meaning "Holy Mountain." The first confirmed ascent of the mountain took place in 1953, by Hillary of New Zealand and Norgay of Nepal; however, whether George Mallory had successfully ascended the mountain in 1924 before dying is a matter of controversy. What is the Death zone? 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
One does not jump, and spring, and shout hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune, one begins to consider responsibilities, and to ponder business; on a base of steady satisfaction rise certain grave cares, and we contain ourselves, and brood over our bliss with a solemn brow.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

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

Why NASA Is Re-Configuring Part of the International Space Station

NASA flight controllers are preparing to relocate a storage module at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking the biggest change to the space outpost's structure since the module was installed in 2011. The Permanent Multipurpose Module, ... More...
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