Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 07, 2011)
Word of the Day

barrelhouse

Definition:(noun) A cheap drinking and dancing establishment.
Synonyms:honky-tonk
Usage: After dinner, we grabbed a couple of beers at the local barrelhouse and let loose on the dance floor.
Article of the Day

Daffy's Elixir

Daffy's Elixir was a name used by several patent medicines from the 17th to the 19th century. The original tonic was reputed to have been invented in 1647 by clergyman Thomas Daffy, who named it Elixir Salutis—"Elixir of Salvation"—and promoted it as a panacea. It was later imitated and remained a popular cure-all in the UK and later the US. Chemical analysis of an early recipe for Daffy's Elixir showed it to be a laxative that was made mostly from what? More...
This Day in History

Tupac Shakur Is Shot (1996)

In 1996, Shakur, an American rap star and actor, was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting while stopped at a red light on the Las Vegas strip. He died six days later. The 25-year-old Shakur had been involved in a violent rivalry between the East and West Coast rap scenes and had survived another shooting less than two years earlier. His killer has never been identified. However, some suspect that it was a man who had been in a public altercation with Shakur hours before the shooting—who? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacob Lawrence (1917)

Lawrence was a leading black artist who portrayed African-American life, experience, and history with vivid, stylized realism. He was only in his twenties when his series depicting the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North thrust him into the national spotlight. His use of somber browns and black for shadows and outlines in an otherwise vibrant palette lends his work a distinctive overtone, as does his flat painting style. Where can one view his last public work? More...
Quotation of the Day
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

laugh in (one's) sleeve

To rejoice or be amused secretly and/or contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. More...
Today's Holiday

Toronto International Film Festival (2017)

Second in size only to the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered one of the world's most prestigious artistic events; it features some of the year's most anticipated films, attracts leading stars in the movie business, and serves as a networking and educational opportunity for industry professionals. Festival organizers pride themselves on creating a public festival, which means film submissions from all over are accepted and screenings are open to the public as well as to the media and the film industry. More...
In the News

Giant Crocodile Captured in Philippines

A giant, one-ton saltwater crocodile has been captured alive in the remote southern Philippine village of Bunawan. Measuring 21 ft (6.4 m) in length and weighing 2,370 lb (1,075 kg), the croc is the largest captured alive in the Philippines in recent years, but there have been sightings of an even larger one in nearby marshes. Traps have already been set in the hopes of catching that crocodile. Meanwhile, officials plan to establish an ecotourism park in the area and make the captured crocodile its main attraction. More...
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