Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

merriment

Definition:(noun) High-spirited fun and enjoyment; hilarity.
Synonyms:fun, playfulness
Usage: All merriment was now at an end, and the subsequent discourse consisted only of grave relations of matters of fact.
Article of the Day

Rock Climbing

In rock climbing, participants scale natural rock formations or artificial rock walls using ropes and special equipment—or, sometimes, just their hands and feet. Though humans have been rock climbing for millennia, the activity emerged as a sport in the 19th century. Aid climbing, in which artificial handholds and footholds are used, allowed climbers to reach heights that once seemed inaccessible. Today, the sport continues to evolve. What are some of the ethical considerations of rock climbing? More...
This Day in History

Garfield Debuts (1978)

When Garfield debuted in 1978, the comic strip appeared in just 41 newspapers. Today, Jim Davis's strip about a lazy, sarcastic cat and his lonely owner, Jon Arbuckle, is syndicated in more than 2,500 papers with a readership of more than 200 million people. The feline who loves lasagna and hates Mondays has spawned books, movies, and merchandise, which are sold in more than 100 countries and earn nearly $1 billion each year. How have Internet artists altered the strip in unusual ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick. How did Howard come by his trademark bowl-shaped haircut? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. More...
Today's Holiday

Juneteenth (2017)

Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it wasn't until two years later that the word reached the slaves in Texas. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865 with the intention of forcing slave owners to release their slaves, and the day has been celebrated since that time in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and other parts of the Deep South under the nickname "Juneteenth." Observed primarily in African-American communities, Juneteenth festivities usually include parades, picnics, and baseball games. More...
In the News

Elizabethan Audiences Entertained by Kidnapped Kids Forced on Stage

The reign of Queen Elizabeth I saw a brilliant flourishing of the arts, and while this is generally seen as a positive development, some troubling information has emerged that casts a pall on the theatrical community of the day. Some of the child actors performing on the Elizabethan stage were actually victims of legal kidnapping, taken by theater owners exploiting a privilege granted to them by the queen, which allowed them to forcibly recruit children for their troupes. As if being ripped from their families were not bad enough, these children were also subject to cruelty, violence, and sexual exploitation. More...
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