Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

well-disposed

Definition:(adjective) Inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile.
Synonyms:friendly, favorable
Usage: Margaret, the other sister, was a good-humored, well-disposed girl.
Article of the Day

Antichess

Also known as suicide chess or loser's chess, antichess is a variation on the traditional game, but one in which the objective is to get all of one's own pieces captured. Participants are compelled to capture an opponent's pieces whenever the opportunity arises, while earnestly attempting to maneuver their own pieces into hopelessly vulnerable positions. There is no check or checkmate. A player wins by losing all of his or her pieces, including the king. How can a stalemate be resolved? More...
This Day in History

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice First Published (1813)

Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice while living at "Steventon," her father's Hampshire vicarage where she spent the first 25 years of her life. However, the book was not published until much later—in 1813, four years before her death. Like Austen's other novels, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners that depicts the self-contained world of provincial ladies and gentlemen. In 2003, the novel placed second in a BBC poll for the "UK's Best-Loved Book." What book came first? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rubinstein (1887)

Rubinstein was a Polish-American pianist whose enormous popularity spanned many decades. He debuted in 1900 and performed with moderate success until the 1930s, when he stopped performing for five years to improve his technique and reemerged as a giant of 20th-century music, active into his 80s. In the US, he was equally noted as soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire ranged from Bach to 20th-century Spanish composers, but he was particularly noted for his interpretation of what composer? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

hot tip

A piece of advice or information that is timely and helpful, especially if acted upon quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Chinese New Year Day (2017)

The Lunar New Year is the most important and the longest of all Chinese festivals, celebrated by Chinese communities throughout the world. The eve of the new year is the high point of the festival when family members return home to honor their ancestors and enjoy a great feast. On the first day of the new year, household doors are thrown open to let good luck enter. Dragon and lion dances are performed, and there are acrobatic demonstrations and much beating of gongs. An ancient custom is giving little red packets of money called hung-pao or lai see to children. More...
In the News

Earth Safe from 2036 Asteroid Pass

If NASA scientists are correct, we can all breathe a little bit easier, because a 1,000-foot- (300-meter-) wide asteroid will not be hitting the Earth in 2036. When it was first discovered in 2004, astronomers calculated the odds of the near-Earth asteroid Apophis striking the planet in 2029 to be an alarming one in 45. Improved calculations later lowered the odds to one in 200,000 and pushed off the possible impact date to April 13, 2036. Now, however, new radar data indicate that there is no chance of collision. Instead, the asteroid will harmlessly pass us at a distance of at least 19,260 mi (31,000 km). More...
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