Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

insomniac

Definition:(adjective) Experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness.
Synonyms:sleepless, watchful
Usage: Every night, I'm woken by the sound of creaking floorboards as my insomniac husband leaves for another late-night snack.
Article of the Day

The Lion Dance

The lion dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion's movements in an elaborately decorated lion costume. Originally performed as entertainment or as part of a ceremony to disperse evil spirits and bring good luck, the dance is often performed today during cultural celebrations and incorporates movements found in most Chinese martial arts. The lion dance is often mistaken for the dragon dance. What is the difference between the two dances? More...
This Day in History

First Manned Voyage to a Celestial Body Launched (1968)

Also the first manned launch of a Saturn V rocket, Apollo 8 was the first manned voyage to a celestial body—the Moon. It took about three days for the craft to enter lunar orbit, whereupon it proceeded to orbit the Moon 10 times in 20 hours. The three crew members were the first humans to see the far side of the Moon—an important precursor to the historic lunar landing that would occur less than a year later. In a Christmas Eve live TV broadcast from space, the crew read from what book? More...
Today's Birthday

Frank Zappa (1940)

Zappa was a prolific and highly distinctive guitarist, composer, and songwriter. His career spanned more than 30 years and encompassed a variety of genres, including rock, jazz, and classical. He released the groundbreaking double album Freak Out! with the Mothers of Invention in 1966. With its raw sound, sophisticated arrangements, and lyrics praising nonconformity, the album immediately established Zappa as a radical new voice in rock music. What unusual names did he give his children? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Doleing Day (2015)

It was customary at one time in England on St. Thomas's Day for the poorer inhabitants of the parish to call on their wealthier neighbors and receive a gift or "dole" of food or money. In return, they would give their benefactors a sprig of holly or mistletoe. The custom of "going a-gooding," as it was called, gave rise to the name Gooding Day in parts of Sussex; in other areas, it was referred to as Mumping (Begging) Day, since those who had to beg were said to be "on the mump." Children would often spend St. Thomas's Day begging for apples. More...
In the News

Over 1,000 Dead or Missing after Philippine Typhoon

More than 900 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless when a typhoon struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao late last week, causing flash floods and landslides that swept away homes, schools, roads, and even entire villages. Many people are still missing. Survivors say that the typhoon brought huge logs crashing down mountainsides, crushing those in their path, and the government is now investigating what role illegal logging may have had in exacerbating the tragedy. More...
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