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Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Tonight Hosted by Steve Allen Premieres on NBC (1954)

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

In 1954, Tonight debuted with 32-year-old Steve Allen hosting. The humorous late-night talk show came to occupy a prominent place in American television and has aired for more than 50 years, usually on weeknights. Some of its longer-running hosts have included Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and Jay Leno, each backed by house musicians. In 1960, Paar walked off stage in the middle of a show, angry that censors had cut one of his jokes. He returned weeks later. What was the joke? Discuss

Steamship RMS Queen Mary Is Launched (1934)

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Construction on the Queen Mary ocean liner began in Scotland in 1930. In 1934, British King George V's consort, Queen Mary, christened the ship in her own name. Operated by the Cunard Line, the glamorous luxury ship carried passengers between New York and England for decades—except during World War II, when it was painted grey and converted to carry troops. In the 1960s, air travel rendered transatlantic passenger ships obsolete, and the Queen Mary was retired. Where is it now?

The Maze Prison Escape (1983)

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Maze Prison was a high-security prison in Northern Ireland that housed incarcerated members of the Irish Republican Army during the Troubles. In 1983, the Maze suffered the biggest jailbreak in British history. Using smuggled guns and knives, 38 prisoners overpowered prison guards and hijacked a food truck. One prison officer died during the escape and several others were wounded. Although half of the escapees were soon recaptured, the remaining 19 got away. What happened to them?

Word Trivia


Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT


Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

balsam - First referred to an aromatic resinous substance with healing or soothing properties. More...

healing, curing - Healing is a process in which an organism's health is restored; curing is a method that promotes healing. More...

psychiatry - From Greek psykhe, "mind," and iatreia, "healing." More...

salve - The main semantic element is "healing," but the etymological meaning is "oily substance." More...


Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

flout, flaunt - Flout means "defy, ignore" and flaunt means "show off." More...

ignore, disregard - Ignore is properly used of things that are present in one's surroundings; for things like rules, conventions, stipulations, and contracts, the right word is disregard. More...

stet - Latin for "let it stand," a notation to ignore a correction made to a text. More...

pretermit - To pass over or ignore something. More...


Fri, 25 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

all intents and purposes - A redundant phrase, created for emphasis. More...

blamestorming - An intense discussion for the purposes of placing blame or assigning responsibility for a misdeed or failure. More...

celebrant, celebrator, reveler - Celebrants take part in religious ceremonies; celebrators or revelers gather for purposes of revelry. More...

teleology - The study of design in nature; the word's basic meaning is "the study of ends or purposes"—attempts to understand the purpose of a natural occurrence by looking at its results. More...

Today's Birthdays


Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Cosimo de' Medici (1389)

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

The son of a Florentine banker, Cosimo de' Medici was an able financier who vastly expanded the family's banking business. In 1433, he was banished from the city by a rival family but returned a year later. With the support of the people, he became the first of the Medici family to rule Florence. He sought a balance of power among the Italian states and made his power as little felt as possible. He was also a noted patron of scholarship and the arts. What celebrated sculptor did he support? Discuss

Thomas Stearns "T. S." Eliot (1888)

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Eliot was an American-British poet and critic and an immensely distinguished literary figure who, from the 1920s on, was the most influential English-language modernist poet. His early poems, such as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," express the anguish and barrenness of modern life and the isolation of the individual. In his later poetry, he turned from spiritual desolation to hope for human salvation. What book by Eliot is the basis for the musical Cats?

Shel Silverstein (1932)

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Silverstein was an American cartoonist, children's author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Often compared to Dr. Seuss, he wrote and illustrated innovative books of verse for children, including Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and The Giving Tree. His quirky verse, which touches on common childhood anxieties and wishes, is credited with helping youngsters develop an appreciation for poetry. What hit song, performed by Johnny Cash, was written by Silverstein?

Article of the Day


Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

The Siege Tower

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Dating to antiquity, siege towers were large, portable structures that aided soldiers in scaling defensive walls and shielded them as they did so. The massive towers were filled with soldiers and then wheeled up to the walls of a besieged fortress, whereupon gangplanks would be lowered to allow the invading force access. Archers and catapults were often positioned on top of the towers so that they could fire upon enemies during an assault. What protected the wooden towers from flaming arrows? Discuss

The Battle of Valmy

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

The French Revolutionary Wars were a series of military conflicts that took place both during and after the French Revolution. They began as an effort to defend the Revolution from outsiders but became wars of conquest. The first important engagement of these wars was the Battle of Valmy, a Franco-Prussian artillery skirmish fought in 1792. Though inconclusive, it revealed the superiority of French artillery. What battle cry, taken up by the French, may have weakened the Prussian troops' morale?


Fri, 25 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

A glory is an optical phenomenon that appears as a halo of colored rings around the observer's shadow when it falls on a cloud or fog bank. It is only visible when the observer is between the Sun and the cloud and is caused by water droplets backscattering light. A glory can be seen by air travelers when their plane's shadow falls on clouds below or by hikers as their shadow falls on fog farther down a mountain. Glories are occasionally observed in combination with what other phenomenon?

Quotations of the Day


Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Oscar Wilde

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself. Discuss

Charlotte Bronte

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain.

Washington Irving

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT

He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.

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