Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

askance

Definition:(adverb) With disapproval, suspicion, or distrust.
Synonyms:sidelong
Usage: I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
Article of the Day

Diamond Head, Hawaii

Diamond Head—Le'ahi in Hawaiian—is a peak along the rim of an extinct volcano in southeast Oahu. Its English name was given by 19th-century British sailors who mistook calcite crystals embedded in the rock for diamonds. A prominent point in the Honolulu skyline, Diamond Head was designated a national natural landmark to protect its slopes from the commercial development along world-famous Waikiki Beach. Why do scientists think that Diamond Head was formed by a short-lived eruption? More...
This Day in History

Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)

Earnhardt was a seven-time champion and one of NASCAR's most successful drivers when he was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 race. In the final lap, his car veered abruptly down the track and made contact with two others before hitting a concrete retaining wall head-on at about 160 mph (258 km/h). He was killed instantly. In the wake of the tragedy, NASCAR launched an intensive safety campaign and the Florida Legislature passed the Earnhardt Family Protection Act changing what laws? More...
Today's Birthday

Yoko Ono (1933)

Ono is a Japanese artist, musician, author, and peace activist best known for her marriage to John Lennon of the Beatles. She was raised in Japan and the US, where she started exploring conceptual and performance art. A member of the Fluxus movement, Ono developed a reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker, conceptual artist, performance artist, and experimental musician. Her 1964 Cut Piece, a commentary on identity, gender issues, suffering, and loneliness, invited the audience to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) to do

To have some task or action that one must complete or undertake. More...
Today's Holiday

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri (2017)

Hadaka Matsuri means, literally, "naked festival". The young men who participate are naked except for traditional white loincloths known as fundoshi. Sometimes the participants in Hadaka Matsuri immerse themselves in a river beforehand to purify themselves. Occasionally several semi-naked young men will carry a mikoshi, or portable shrine, in the form of a horse, rice bale, or sake barrel into the river with them. More...
In the News

Facebook Allows Social Afterlife

Facebook users can now name a friend or family member as the executor of their profile page after they die. This person is known as a "legacy contact" and can post information to the deceased's page, as well as change the profile picture and accept friend requests. Once chosen, legacy contacts are notified via auto-message from Facebook. If a user does not wish to name a legacy contact, Facebook can be configured to delete his or her profile after death. Previously, it was only possible to "memorialize" pages of users who had passed away. More...
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