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

The Fall of Saigon (1975)

On April 30, 1975, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the National Liberation Front and the People's Army of Vietnam. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. The city lost its status as the country's capital and was renamed after what Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader and late president of North Vietnam? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugen Bleuler (1857)

Bleuler was a Swiss psychiatrist who in 1908 introduced the term "schizophrenia." While studying schizophrenic patients, Bleuler concluded that the disease was not one of dementia, a condition involving organic deterioration of the brain, but one consisting of a state of mind in which contradictory tendencies exist together. He argued, against the prevailing opinion, that such patients were not incurable. "Schizophrenia" replaced what term for the disease? 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

Don't call us, we'll call you.

cliché Do not be in further contact with us regarding your application/submission/inquiry/etc., we will contact you if we wish to proceed further (generally meaning that no such contact is to be expected). More...
Today's Holiday

May Day Eve (Czech Republic)

According to an old Czech superstition, witches try to enter people's homes on the eve of May Day and do them harm. The "Burning of the Witches" ceremony is observed in some parts of the country by building bonfires on the mountain tops. In Postupice, a town in the Bohemian region, a Maypole and Burning of the Witches Festival is held April 30-May 1 every year. The young men put up a maypole in the village square on the afternoon of April 30. The next day the burning of the witches takes place, when the villagers throw their broomsticks into the bonfire and burn the witches in effigy. 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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