Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

stager

Definition:(noun) An experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service.
Synonyms:old hand, old-timer, warhorse, veteran
Usage: The proposal was seductive, but La Ramee was an old stager, acquainted with all the traps a prisoner was likely to set.
Article of the Day

Harlequinade

Harlequinade was a type of theatrical performance popular in 18th-century Britain. It was a slapstick adaptation of the commedia dell'arte, itself a 16th-century Italian comedy tradition featuring stock characters in improvised performances. A typical Harlequinade showcased a series of interwoven scenes culminating in a skit about the clever protagonist Harlequin and his love interest, Columbine. Which Harlequinade character became so popular that he remains instantly recognizable today? More...
This Day in History

Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Though an unnamed bunny appeared in Merrie Melodies cartoons in the 1930s, the true Bugs Bunny was born with the 1940 release of "A Wild Hare," in which a clever, mischievous Bugs plays pranks on his hapless nemesis, a hunter named Elmer Fudd. Bugs went on to become one of the most well-known and beloved cartoon characters of all time, perhaps second only to Mickey Mouse. "A Wild Hare" was nominated for an Oscar the same year that another cartoon introduced what pair of cartoon rivals? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853)

Korolenko was a Ukrainian-Russian writer. Arrested for revolutionary activities in 1879, he was sent to various places of exile where he wrote many of his lyrical short stories, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature and the lives of the poor. After 1895, he devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he reservedly welcomed the 1917 revolution but later opposed the Bolsheviks. His most famous story, "Makar's Dream," describes a dying peasant's dream—of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

jump in (one's) skin

To start or recoil, as from shock, surprise, or fear. More...
Today's Holiday

Days of '76 (2017)

This celebration held each year in Deadwood, South Dakota, is an attempt to revive the spirit of the gold rush days. The festivities begin with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Then there is a three-mile-long historical parade that includes floats portraying the various stages of, and characters in, Deadwood's history—from the earliest settlers to the coming of industry and tourism. A kids' carnival is in town during the festival, and street dances featuring country music take place Thursday through Saturday night. More...
In the News

Mutineers' Descendants See Swell

After mounting a mutiny against Captain William Bligh and setting him adrift along with those members of the crew who remained loyal to him, the remaining crew of the HMS Bounty sailed to Tahiti and settled there in 1789. To avoid arrest, the mutineers eventually fled to Pitcairn Island, taking their Tahitian companions with them. Their descendants, who now inhabit nearby Norfolk Island, have one of the lowest rates of myopia in the world, and scientists believe studying them could help identify the genetic causes of short-sightedness. More...
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