Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 16, 2020)
Word of the Day

astound

Definition:(verb) Affect with wonder.
Synonyms:amaze, astonish
Usage: I used to believe that nothing could astound me, but daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner proved me wrong when he jumped from a balloon 24 miles above the Earth.
Article of the Day

The Mie Pose

During particularly emotional moments in the performance of Japanese Kabuki theater, specifically the aragoto style of Kabuki, actors convey intensity and drama by freezing in any of a variety of powerful, distinctive poses and facial expressions. Each of these poses, called mie poses, has a name. Some of the poses are well known and are associated with particular characters in the theater. An actor is said to "cut" a mie when he performs it. What is the "heaven and earth" mie? More...
This Day in History

LSD Is First Synthesized by Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann (1938)

Ergot, a toxic fungus that grows on rye, can cause spasms and hallucinations if accidentally ingested. In 1938, Hofmann was researching potentially useful derivatives of ergot when he first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). However, he did not discover its hallucinogenic properties until five years later, when he accidentally absorbed some of the substance through his fingertips. In 1947, his laboratory introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug. What is "Bicycle Day"? More...
Today's Birthday

George Simon Kaufman (1889)

Kaufman was an American dramatist and humorist who co-wrote more than 40 plays, many of which became tremendously successful. His collaboration with Moss Hart produced such plays as Once in a Lifetime and You Can't Take It With You, and he also worked on the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera. Kaufman was also an influential drama critic for New York newspapers and was known for his caustic wit. What did he once suggest as a way to avoid crowds during a flu epidemic? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Plebeian Games (2020)

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, one of whose feast days was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing and wrestling. The first nine days of the festival (November 4-12) were devoted to theatrical performances. More...
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