Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

palpitate

Definition:(verb) Shake with fast, tremulous movements.
Synonyms:quake, quiver
Usage: The encounter with the robber made me palpitate with fear, and hours passed before I stopped shaking.
Article of the Day

Han Chinese Clothing

The traditional clothing of the Han Chinese people, also known as hanfu, is no longer used as everyday garb in China, but it is worn at festivals, special occasions, and cultural events. There is also a movement to revive hanfu for daily wear, in replacement of Western styles. Hanfu outfits typically consist of diagonally wrapped robes and may include several layers. How did formal hanfu garments differ for ordinary citizens, government officials, and royalty? More...
This Day in History

Sidney Poitier Becomes the First African American to Win Best Actor Oscar (1964)

The first African American to achieve leading man status in Hollywood, Poitier began acting with the American Negro Theatre in New York City and made his film debut soon after. He won acclaim on Broadway for his role in 1959's A Raisin in the Sun and, in 1964, became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Many of his films address issues of race, yet some have criticized his choice of film roles for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

Lanford Wilson (1937)

One of the founders of the "off-off-Broadway" theater movement, Wilson began writing plays in 1962 and helped found the Circle Repertory Company in 1969. His plays frequently address themes of decay, solitude, and loss, and are known for their realistic dialogue in which monologue, conversation, and direct audience address overlap. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly depicts the post-Vietnam War world of a Southern family. What Russian work did he translate for the stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are talkers enough among us; I'll be one of the doers.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

in a/the flash of an/the eye

So quickly as to seem almost imperceptible (i.e., in the space of time it takes a person to blink). More...
Today's Holiday

Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) (2017)

Also known as Sheer Thursday or Holy Thursday, this is the day preceding Good Friday. It commemorates Jesus' institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, celebrated by Christians since the middle of the fourth century. The Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion still celebrate the rites of Maundy Thursday, which may include handing out special coins known as "Maundy money" to the aged and the poor, instead of footwashing. Also on this day, the sacramental Holy Oils, or chrism, are blessed. More...
In the News

Keeping Your Cloud Active in the Afterlife

As data storage and communication become more and more cloud based, it becomes increasingly apparent that companies that provide these services must address the issue of what happens to data after a user passes on. In the past, families have had to sue e-mail providers for access to the accounts of deceased loved ones, but Google has unveiled a new feature, called Inactive Account Manager, that should obviate the need for such legal actions and hopefully save the bereaved a lot of heartache. The tool gives Google users the ability to "will" e-mail, contacts, photos, music, and other data to preselected contacts after a set period of account inactivity. More...
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