Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

malarkey

Definition:(noun) Speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunk.
Synonyms:idle words, jazz, nothingness, wind
Usage: Snookered by a lot of malarkey about drilling costs, a Texas jury ... added $3 billion of punitive damages.
Article of the Day

Art Films

An art film is a motion picture made as a serious artistic work—not primarily for mass appeal. Unlike big-budget, escapist Hollywood blockbusters, art films are often low-budget and experiment with unusual narrative techniques. Traditionally, makers of art films have struggled to get financial backing, but today, major motion picture studios have divisions devoted to non-mainstream fare, which sparks debate over whether such films are truly "independent." What are some famous art films? More...
This Day in History

Domitian Becomes Emperor of Rome (81 CE)

The son of Roman Emperor Vespasian, Domitian was second in line for the throne, yet he was only given positions of nominal importance prior to succeeding his older brother Titus, whom he most likely had killed. Though his laws were severe and increasingly despotic, his administration was ostensibly egalitarian, and he is said to have governed the empire well. Still, defeats in Britain and Germany undermined his leadership. About which of his physical traits was he reportedly extremely sensitive? More...
Today's Birthday

Clayton Moore (1914)

Moore performed as a stunt man, trapeze artist, and occasional actor in Westerns until he was spotted in a Zorro film by the producer of The Lone Ranger. From 1949 to 1957, he appeared in 169 episodes of The Lone Ranger as the titular masked character, who roams the West fighting injustice with his trusty sidekick, Tonto, and horse, Silver. The Ranger never removed his trademark mask, which Moore continued to wear in public until a 1979 lawsuit forced him to replace it with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
How long the dawn seems coming when we cannot sleep!

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

leap to (someone's) mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in someone's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de los Charros (2017)

Today's Mexican charros are more sportsmen than cowboys or ranchers. On September 14, the day before the Mexico Festival of Independence, many of the charro associations organize parades and rodeos. The jaripeo, or rodeo, generally consists of 10 or more events involving special horse-handling skills and exhibitions of various tricks. Perhaps the most difficult trick is the paso de la muerte (death's pass), where the charro pursues a wild horse, switching from his own horse's saddle to the back of the wild horse at full gallop. More...
In the News

Musicians Judged by Their Performances, But Not as You Might Expect

In the classical music world, sound is considered the most important element of a musical performance, yet it appears that competition judges are actually most heavily influenced by how performers look, their stage presence, passion, uniqueness, and creativity. More than 1,000 people ranging from musical novices to professional musicians were asked to identify the top three finalists from 10 international classical music competitions using audio, video, or silent video samples from those competitions. The only participants whose accuracy was above chance levels were those assigned the silent videos. More...
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