Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

opine

Definition:(verb) Express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation.
Synonyms:animadvert, sound off, speak out, speak up
Usage: "I dare say it is all for the best," opined Mrs. Munt.
Article of the Day

Ventriloquism

Ventriloquism is the art of projecting one's voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the speaker, often a dummy or doll whose mouth is moved by the ventriloquist. Dating to ancient times, ventriloquism was initially associated with divination and only evolved into a performance art around the 16th century. It later developed through Vaudeville into the comedic style common today. How do ventriloquists mimic sounds that require the lips to be pressed together? More...
This Day in History

The Who Riverfront Coliseum Stampede (1979)

After starting out as The High Numbers, British rock band The Who gained international fame in the 1960s and 70s with songs like "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." The band's incredibly loud concerts and penchant for destroying their instruments onstage boosted their appeal to rock fans, but offstage destruction overshadowed the music on December 3, 1979, when a stampede prior to The Who's show at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed how many fans? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Freud (1895)

The youngest daughter of renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud—the founder of psychoanalysis—Anna Freud went on to become a pioneer in child psychology. In 1938, she and her terminally ill father escaped Nazi-controlled Austria for London. There, she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood and three books on the effects of war on children. Her own childhood was marked by what her father called her "age-old jealousy" of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Today's Holiday

National Finals Rodeo (2020)

Rodeo's premier event, sometimes called the Super Bowl of rodeos, is a 10-day affair that has been held since 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is reserved for the top 15 contestants in each of seven events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, women's barrel racing, and bull riding. The winners are considered the world champions in their event. Events during the 10 days of rodeo include a convention and trade show, horsemanship competitions, a hoedown, cowboy poetry gatherings, fashion shows, and dances. More...
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