Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

induct

Definition:(verb) Place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position.
Synonyms:seat, invest
Usage: There was a ceremony to induct the president of the academy.
Article of the Day

Pan Twardowski

Twardowski is a character in Polish folklore who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for special powers, similar to the figure of Faust in German literature. Twardowski, a nobleman in 16th-century Krakow, tries to outwit the Devil by including in his contract with the Prince of Darkness the stipulation that his soul may only be claimed when he is in Rome—a place Twardowski intends never to go. Though Twardowski never does travel to Rome, the Devil collects when the man makes what misstep? 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
Death ... goes faster than the wind, and he never brings back what he takes.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

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

London Theater's Ceiling Collapses on Audience

Dozens of people were injured Thursday, several of them seriously, when a large part of the ceiling of London's historic Apollo Theatre collapsed during a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It had been a nearly sold-out performance, with 720 of the 112-year-old theater's 775 seats filled. Seventy-six people were injured, but luckily none were killed, and none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening. More...
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