Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

light-minded

Definition:(adjective) Showing inappropriate levity.
Synonyms:flippant
Usage: The light-minded woman had been discovering good matches for her daughter almost from the year of her birth.
Article of the Day

Charles Peace

Peace was a notorious mid-19th-century English burglar and murderer whose life spawned many romanticized works of fiction, including dozens of novels and films and even a comic strip. After stints in prison and a criminal career spanning decades, Peace was finally captured and imprisoned on charges of burglary and the attempted murder of a police officer. He was then tried for a past murder and was sentenced to death. Peace is mentioned by name in what Sherlock Holmes short story? More...
This Day in History

Second Vatican Council Convenes (1962)

Held in four sessions over the course of three years, the Second Vatican Council was a meeting of Catholic Church leaders with the announced purpose of reconsidering the position of the church in the modern world. Among many other changes, the council reformed the liturgy, permitting the use of the vernacular language, rather than Latin. Representatives from non-Catholic churches were invited to observe the sessions. What unexpected event nearly ended the council prematurely? More...
Today's Birthday

Jerome Robbins (1918)

Robbins was an influential American dancer and director and the choreographer of Broadway musicals such as The King and I, Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. He choreographed and directed both the stage and film versions of the immensely popular West Side Story, for which he shared an Academy Award for Best Director. He was reportedly so unpopular on the set of 1945's Billion Dollar Baby that the company watched silently as he accidently walked into what? More...
Quotation of the Day
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

get on like a house afire

Of two or more people, to enjoy one another's company very much from the start and become good friends at once. (Used when people are meeting for the first time.) More...
Today's Holiday

Macedonian National Uprising Day (2017)

October 11 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Macedonian people's uprising against fascism during World War II. This holiday is observed through formal ceremonies at which the prime minister and other dignitaries deliver addresses acknowledging the significance of this revolt to the spirit of Macedonian independence. In conjunction with this holiday, the Macedonian Parliament recognizes accomplishments in the areas of science, culture, art, and journalism through the "October 11" life achievement awards. More...
In the News

Mind over Matter

The high-five that Tim Hemmes gave his girlfriend last month was noteworthy for a number of reasons. Firstly, Hemmes is a quadriplegic, and secondly, the arm he used was not his own but was a robotic arm he controlled with his mind. About a month earlier, a chip had been implanted on the surface of his brain's motor cortex, allowing him to control the robotic arm with his thoughts. Because of the experimental nature of the chip used, it was removed after just a month. However, thanks to Hemmes's success, researchers hope to begin yearlong experiments soon. More...
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