Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

insomniac

Definition:(adjective) Experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness.
Synonyms:sleepless, watchful
Usage: Every night, I'm woken by the sound of creaking floorboards as my insomniac husband leaves for another late-night snack.
Article of the Day

The Lion Dance

The lion dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion's movements in an elaborately decorated lion costume. Originally performed as entertainment or as part of a ceremony to disperse evil spirits and bring good luck, the dance is often performed today during cultural celebrations and incorporates movements found in most Chinese martial arts. The lion dance is often mistaken for the dragon dance. What is the difference between the two dances? More...
This Day in History

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premieres (1937)

Snow White was the first full-length animated feature film in history. It was animated entirely by hand and took Walt Disney and his studio three years to complete. It was exponentially more expensive than the animated shorts the studio had produced until that time and met with considerable opposition. Disney eventually had to mortgage his house to help finance the project, which was derisively nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by those in the film industry. How much did the film go on to earn? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Leroy Jackson (1948)

Jackson is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies since making his feature film debut in the 1970s, and he claims to have seen every one of his films in theaters alongside paying customers. He is best known for his role as a philosophical hit man in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. In 2006, he decided to star in the film Snakes on a Plane based solely on its title. What other film did Jackson agree to appear in without reading the script? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

head the ball

A stupid, foolish, or idiotic person; someone who is crazy or mentally unstable. Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Thomas's Day (Episcopal Church) (2016)

St. Thomas the Apostle was dubbed "Doubting Thomas" because, after the Resurrection, the other Apostles told him that they had seen Jesus, and he wouldn't believe them until he had touched Jesus' wounds himself. When the Apostles left Jerusalem to preach to the people of other nations, as Jesus had instructed them to do, tradition says Thomas traveled eastward toward India. In Kerala, the smallest state in India, the Malabar Christians claim St. Thomas as the founder of their church. For them, his feast day is a major celebration. More...
In the News

Over 1,000 Dead or Missing after Philippine Typhoon

More than 900 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless when a typhoon struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao late last week, causing flash floods and landslides that swept away homes, schools, roads, and even entire villages. Many people are still missing. Survivors say that the typhoon brought huge logs crashing down mountainsides, crushing those in their path, and the government is now investigating what role illegal logging may have had in exacerbating the tragedy. More...
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