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

George Frideric Handel's Oratorio Messiah Debuts (1742)

Composed by Handel, the great master of baroque music, Messiah is one of the most popular choral works in the Western world. Its immense popularity has resulted in the erroneous conception of Handel as primarily a church composer. In truth, the contemplative, English-language oratorio stands apart from the rest of his 32 oratorios, which are dramatically conceived. How did it become tradition for audiences to stand during the performance of Messiah's "Hallelujah" chorus? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Mosher Butts (1899)

In the 1930s, Butts, an unemployed architect, invented a game called Lexiko, in which players drew lettered tiles from a pool and then attempted to form words. After unsuccessful attempts to sell the game to board-game makers, Butts sold the rights to entrepreneur James Brunot, who made a few minor adjustments and renamed the game Scrabble. More than 150 million sets have been sold in multiple languages since. How did Butts determine how many tiles of each letter should be included in the game? 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

dark days

Times of extreme misfortune or difficulty. More...
Today's Holiday

Jefferson's Birthday

Unique among American presidents, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was not only a statesman but a scholar, linguist, writer, philosopher, political theorist, architect, engineer, and farmer. In the US, he is remembered primarily as the author in 1776 of the Declaration of Independence. A birthday commemoration is held each year at Monticello, Jefferson's home in Virginia, as well as at the Jefferson Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC. 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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