Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 29, 2021)
Word of the Day

calcareous

Definition:(adjective) Of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate.
Synonyms:chalky
Usage: Immense accumulations of bird-guano gave the sides of Mount Mendif the appearance of calcareous rocks.
Article of the Day

Antichess

Also known as suicide chess or loser's chess, antichess is a variation on the traditional game, but one in which the objective is to get all of one's own pieces captured. Participants are compelled to capture an opponent's pieces whenever the opportunity arises, while earnestly attempting to maneuver their own pieces into hopelessly vulnerable positions. There is no check or checkmate. A player wins by losing all of their pieces, including the king. How can a stalemate be resolved? More...
This Day in History

US President George W. Bush Introduces the "Axis of Evil" (2002)

During his 2002 State of the Union Address, US President George W. Bush described the countries of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil" for their alleged support of terrorism. Since then, the phrase has spawned many imitations, including the Eritrean-coined "Axis of Belligerence," the South American "Axis of Good," and the "Axis of Diesel" proposed by The Economist magazine. What word did Bush speechwriter David Frum originally use instead of "evil"? More...
Today's Birthday

James Jamerson (1936)

Jamerson learned to play bass guitar in high school in Detroit, Michigan, in the 1950s and thereafter found work as a studio musician for Motown Records. He went on to perform on hundreds of songs by artists like Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and The Supremes, but his work was largely uncredited, and he died in relative obscurity at the age of 47. Today, however, he is regarded as one of the most influential bassists in modern history. One of his fingers even had its own nickname. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Today's Holiday

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2021)

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a celebration of the old tradition of cowboy poetry in the buckaroo town of Elko, Nevada. The gathering, which began in 1985 with about 50 working cowboys, has become a six-day affair in the last week of January that now includes folk music concerts, western dances, exhibits of cowboy gear, and workshops not only on writing but also on such topics as horse-hair braiding and photography. Poetry remains the heart of the festival, and the poets—all working ranch people—include men, women, and children. More...
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