Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

reproachful

Definition:(adjective) Expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective.
Synonyms:admonishing, reproving, admonitory
Usage: The milkmaid cast many reproachful glances over her shoulder at the clumsy strangers, holding her nicked elbow close to her side.
Article of the Day

District Heating

Just as electricity can be generated at a central location and then distributed to customers, heat can be produced at a central plant using geothermal, nuclear, or solar energy and then sent out to customers to warm their homes and businesses. The heat is distributed by means of insulated pipes that carry water or steam. District heating is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly methods of heating. What country heats approximately 95 percent of its houses using district heating? More...
This Day in History

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premieres (1937)

Snow White was the first full-length animated feature film in history. It was animated entirely by hand and took Walt Disney and his studio three years to complete. It was exponentially more expensive than the animated shorts the studio had produced until that time and met with considerable opposition. Disney eventually had to mortgage his house to help finance the project, which was derisively nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by those in the film industry. How much did the film go on to earn? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Leroy Jackson (1948)

Jackson is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies since making his feature film debut in the 1970s, and he claims to have seen every one of his films in theaters alongside paying customers. He is best known for his role as a philosophical hit man in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. In 2006, he decided to star in the film Snakes on a Plane based solely on its title. What other film did Jackson agree to appear in without reading the script? More...
Quotation of the Day
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

head the ball

A stupid, foolish, or idiotic person; someone who is crazy or mentally unstable. Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Thomas's Day (Episcopal Church) (2016)

St. Thomas the Apostle was dubbed "Doubting Thomas" because, after the Resurrection, the other Apostles told him that they had seen Jesus, and he wouldn't believe them until he had touched Jesus' wounds himself. When the Apostles left Jerusalem to preach to the people of other nations, as Jesus had instructed them to do, tradition says Thomas traveled eastward toward India. In Kerala, the smallest state in India, the Malabar Christians claim St. Thomas as the founder of their church. For them, his feast day is a major celebration. More...
In the News

The End of the World?

Today marks the end of an age in the Mayan Long Count calendar and, according to some, the end of the world. Although scholars have widely rejected the latter claim, the belief has persisted in various forms. Theories range from the apocalyptic —that the planet will be completely destroyed—to the Utopian—that the peoples of the world will undergo a spiritual shift bringing about world peace. While some fearful believers are currently hunkered down in shelters around the globe, many more people—believers and skeptics alike—are out having fun, using the day as an excuse to party like there's no tomorrow. More...
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