Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

multitudinous

Definition:(adjective) Too numerous to be counted.
Synonyms:innumerable, myriad, numberless, uncounted, unnumbered, countless, infinite
Usage: Here, along the lines of multitudinous houses, up one street and down another, he wondered which of them might be occupied by her.
Article of the Day

Dou Shou Qi

Popular with children, Dou Shou Qi, also known as Jungle Chess, is a traditional Chinese board game similar to chess and Stratego. Each player has eight pieces representing animals, including an elephant, lion, tiger, leopard, dog, wolf, cat, and rat. More powerful animals, such as the lion, can capture and eat weaker animals, such as the rat. The board itself is marked with traps, dens, and water areas, and some animals move across the board differently than others. How is the game won? More...
This Day in History

The May Fourth Movement (1919)

The May Fourth Movement was the first mass movement in modern Chinese history. It began with about 5,000 university students in Beijing protesting the Versailles Conference's decision to transfer former German concessions in China to Japan. Demonstrations and strikes spread, and a nationwide boycott of Japanese goods followed. The movement began a patriotic outburst of new urban intellectuals against foreign imperialists and warlords and is often cited as the seminal event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Audrey Hepburn (1929)

Hepburn was a Belgian-born film actress who combined elegance with a radiant, elfin innocence. After spending World War II in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, she studied ballet and acting in London and was discovered by French writer Colette, who insisted she play the lead in Gigi on Broadway. She made her US film debut in Roman Holiday, for which she won an Academy Award, and then returned to Broadway and won a Tony Award in Ondine. What was Hepburn's last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh, the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called Man! Oh, the little that unhinges it: poor creatures that we are!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) down cold

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. More...
Today's Holiday

Cassinga Day (2016)

On May 4, 1978, South African forces attacked a SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) base located in the old Angolan mining town of Cassinga. Hundreds of Namibians died during the attack. Namibia eventually won its political independence in 1990 and is currently ruled by the SWAPO party government, and a national holiday is declared every year on the anniversary of the attack to commemorate those who died in their country's struggle for independence. More...
In the News

Harley-Davidson from Japan Washes up in Canada

Debris from last year's devastating Japanese tsunami has been washing up on North American shores for some time, but few items have been returned to their owners because much of what has been found bears no identifying marks that would indicate where it came from or to whom it belonged. Recently, however, the owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed up on a Canadian beach was identified thanks to the bike's license plate. The man lost his home and three relatives in the disaster and is looking forward to getting his Harley back. The bike is now rusty and corroded from its wet 4,000-mile (6,400-km) journey, but the shop that sold it plans to restore it. More...
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