Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 6, 2018)
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

Bull-Leaping

Bull-leaping is a motif of Middle Bronze Age figurative art depicting humans acrobatically leaping over bulls. It is thought by some to represent a ritual performance—perhaps connected with bull worship—in which an athlete literally vaulted over a bull by grasping its horns, causing the animal to reflexively jerk its head upward and giving the acrobat the momentum necessary to perform his stunts. With what cultures was it associated? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat Is Assassinated (1981)

As president, Sadat led Egypt in a 1973 war with Israel that bolstered his popularity throughout the Arab world, even though the war was a military loss. However, after he negotiated a peace treaty with Israel in the Camp David Accords—an initiative for which he shared a Nobel Peace Prize—his popularity in the Arab world plummeted. During an annual military parade, he was ambushed and killed by extremists. What three people made a rare simultaneous appearance at his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Johanna "Jenny" Maria Lind (1820)

One of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her time, Lind was a Swedish opera star who caused a sensation touring Europe. Her fame led American showman P.T. Barnum to use his innovative publicity techniques to arrange a hugely successful 1850 US tour for her. Hans Christian Andersen once fell in love with her and wrote "The Nightingale" in her honor, leading to her nickname, "The Swedish Nightingale." A clipper ship and a class of locomotive were named for Lind, as was what piece of furniture? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death ... goes faster than the wind, and he never brings back what he takes.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Today's Holiday

Styrian Autumn (Steirischer Herbst) (2020)

Dedicated to the avant-garde in music, drama, literature and the fine arts, this month-long festival in Austria celebrates spontaneity and experimentation. Founded in 1968, it presents world premieres of plays, operas and musical works by contemporary artists, exhibitions of contemporary art, and a variety of fringe events that include circus acts and multimedia shows. Ticket prices are purposely kept low, and many festival events are offered free of charge. The festival takes its name from the province of Styria, whose capital city, Graz, is where the work of Austria's modernists is performed and displayed. More...
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