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

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
Death ... goes faster than the wind, and he never brings back what he takes.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

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

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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