Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

comminute

Definition:(verb) Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading.
Synonyms:bray, mash, crunch, grind
Usage: The chef comminuted the spices in his mortar for several minutes before sprinkling them on the chicken.
Article of the Day

Vladimir Solovyov

Solovyov was a Russian writer who played a significant role in the development of Russian religious philosophy and poetry at the end of the 19th century. He believed that religious sects should, at the expense of individualism, pursue common ground and unity, and he was condemned for his "heretical" teachings about the entity Sophia, the incarnation of divine wisdom. Despite his intellectual achievements, he is said to have died a homeless pauper. What celebrated writer was his close friend? More...
This Day in History

First African American wins Academy Award (1940)

Hattie McDaniel was an African-American singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She appeared in over 300 films and is best known for her role as Mammy in the iconic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, a performance that earned her the first Academy Award ever presented to an African American. McDaniel's Oscar was later lost. What are some theories about what became of it? More...
Today's Birthday

Dinah Shore (1916)

Shore was an American singer, actress, and TV personality who enjoyed widespread popularity during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 50s. She was the first singer of the era to achieve success as a solo artist, producing over 80 hit songs, including "Baby It's Cold Outside," before beginning a four-decade career in television. Shore was a hit with TV audiences as well and went on to earn nine Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe. How did Shore, born Frances Rose, earn the stage name Dinah? More...
Quotation of the Day
Their zeal might sometimes be too ardent, but it was always sincere.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

arm candy

An especially attractive person who acts as a romantic escort or date to social events, but who is not romantically attached to or involved with the person he or she is accompanying. More...
Today's Holiday

Leap Year Day (2016)

The Earth actually takes longer than 365 days to complete its trip around the Sun—five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds longer, to be precise. To accommodate this discrepancy, an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar at the end of February every four years. The year in which this occurs is called Leap Year, probably because the English courts did not always recognize February 29, and the date was often "leaped over" in the records. There was an old tradition that women could propose marriage to men during Leap Year. The men had to pay a forfeit if they refused. More...
In the News

Kids Not Active Enough Even with "Active" Video Games

In recent decades, people have become increasingly sedentary, trading sports and other activities for TV, video games, and computers. When so-called active video games systems, like Nintendo's Wii, entered the market several years ago, it was hoped they would encourage kids to get more exercise. However, a new study finds that kids who play Wii games are just as sedentary as those who play inactive video games. While researchers admit that the Wii may still provide some health benefit over totally sedentary screen time, experts maintain that these sorts of games are no replacement for active, outdoor play. More...
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