Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

contrite

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.
Synonyms:remorseful, rueful, ruthful
Usage: He was so contrite that he wrote me a letter of apology.
Article of the Day

Clay Animation

Clay animation is a form of stop-motion animation in which each frame of a film is created and photographed independently using clay figures molded into different positions for each frame. Clay animated films were made in the US as early as 1908 and became something of a fad in 1916, but they were soon overtaken by cartoons. Clay animation is a laborious process, requiring about 21,600 stops for a 30-minute film. How many frames per second are needed to create the illusion of continuous motion? More...
This Day in History

Casey Jones Dies on the Cannonball Express (1900)

Jones was an American locomotive engineer whose main claim to fame, until his fateful run on the Cannonball Express, was his punctuality. On April 30, 1900, he was driving the Cannonball Express south on a dangerous, accident-prone run when he suddenly saw a stalled freight train ahead. Instead of jumping to safety, he stayed to slow his train, saving his coworkers and passengers but losing his own life in the process. Who wrote the ballad that immortalized him as a folk hero? More...
Today's Birthday

Willie Nelson (1933)

Nelson is an American musician who helped create the blues-rock-country genre known as "outlaw music." In his five-decade career, he has made more than 200 recordings. In the 1960s, he became a successful songwriter in Nashville but was not recognized for his own singing until he moved back to Texas and adopted the unique image that made him an icon. He is known for raising money to aid farmers and for his generous appearances at benefit concerts. What hit song did he write for Patsy Cline? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in(to) shape

In good, robust health; strong or fit. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberation Day (Vietnam) (2017)

On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War officially came to an end as communist North Vietnamese tanks rolled onto the grounds of the Presidential Palace in the South Vietnamese capital city of Saigon. The Vietnamese hold celebrations throughout the month of April that culminate on April 30th, when the entire nation celebrates the final victory in Saigon (now named Ho Chi Minh City). In Ho Chi Minh City, there are military parades featuring marching bands and Vietnam War veterans. Fireworks are shot off to mark the hour when the South Vietnamese government officially surrendered. More...
In the News

Britain Celebrates Royal Wedding

Prince William and Kate Middleton were married yesterday at Westminster Abbey in front of 1,900 guests and a television audience that is estimated to have been in the hundreds of millions. Prince William wore the uniform of colonel of the Irish Guards along with his Royal Air Force wings, while his bride wore an ivory satin and lace dress with a flowing train designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen label. After the ceremony, the newlyweds rode in an open-topped carriage to Buckingham Palace, where they appeared on the balcony and shared their first public kiss as husband and wife. More...
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