Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

dramaturgy

Definition:(noun) The art of writing and producing plays.
Synonyms:dramatics, theater
Usage: I know that you plan to become a novelist, but your dialogue is so sharp and witty that you may want to consider dramaturgy.
Article of the Day

Ardashir I

Ardashir I was the founder of the last pre-Islamic Persian dynasty, the Sassanid dynasty, which began in 224 CE and ended with the Arab conquest in 651. At its peak, the Sassanid Empire stretched from the Arabian peninsula to India. Ardashir established Zoroastrianism as the state religion and strengthened it by collecting sacred texts and empowering the priestly caste. In the latter years of his reign, he invaded what nearby Parthian kingdom allied with Persia's great rival to the west, Rome? More...
This Day in History

Apple Inc. Is Formed (1976)

Apple Computer, Inc., was the first successful personal computer company. The company has its roots in the Jobs family's garage, where cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first Apple computer. Consisting of a handmade motherboard, the Apple I did not even include a monitor or keyboard. The Apple II, introduced the next year with a plastic case and color graphics, launched Apple to success. By 1980, Apple had earned more than $100 million. How much did an Apple I cost in 1976? More...
Today's Birthday

Lon Chaney (1883)

Chaney was an American silent-film actor. Born to parents who were both deaf and mute, he learned to express himself through pantomime at an early age. He moved to Hollywood in 1912 and became one of the biggest stars of the time, appearing in more than 150 silent films. Known as "the man of a thousand faces," he masterfully used makeup to play tortured, grotesque characters in horror films such as The Phantom of the Opera. How did fake snow made of corn flakes contribute to his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The stains of her grief became her as raindrops do the beaten rose.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

I see what you did there

An expression used to acknowledge that one understands a joke made by someone else, and to either show appreciation or a lack thereof for the wit employed. More...
Today's Holiday

April Fools' Day (2017)

There are many names for this day, just as there are many practical jokes to play on the unsuspecting. The simplest pranks usually involve children who, for example, tell each other that their shoelaces are undone and then cry "April Fool!" when the victims glance at their feet. Sometimes the media broadcast fictitious news items; British television, for example, once showed Italian farmers "harvesting" spaghetti from trees. The French call it Fooling the April Fish Day (the fool being the poisson d'avril) and try to pin a paper fish on someone's back without getting caught. More...
In the News

101-Year-Old Great-Great-Grandmother Paraglides on Birthday

To celebrate her 101st birthday last September, great-great-grandmother Mary Allen Hardison went paragliding, becoming the oldest woman to paraglide tandem according to Guinness World Records. She was inspired to try paragliding after her 75-year-old son took up the sport. This is not the first time Hardison has pursued adventure on her birthday; on her 90th, she rode all of the adult rides at Disneyland. For her next birthday, she plans to try out a mountain slide in her home state of Utah. More...
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