Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

tryst

Definition:(noun) An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place.
Synonyms:assignation, rendezvous
Usage: They tried to keep their weekly meetings a secret, but soon neighbors began to whisper about their trysts.
Article of the Day

Amazon.com

Amazon.com is the largest and one of the most widely known e-commerce shopping sites on the Web. The company was founded as an online bookstore by Jeff Bezos in 1995. It soon diversified its product lines, adding DVDs, electronics, furniture, and more. Its initial "slow growth" business plan was effective: when the Internet "bubble" burst and many e-companies went out of business, Amazon persevered. Why was the company sued by Barnes & Noble and Walmart in the late 1990s? More...
This Day in History

Sidney Poitier Becomes the First African American to Win Best Actor Oscar (1964)

The first African American to achieve leading man status in Hollywood, Poitier began acting with the American Negro Theatre in New York City and made his film debut soon after. He won acclaim on Broadway for his role in 1959's A Raisin in the Sun and, in 1964, became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Many of his films address issues of race, yet some have criticized his choice of film roles for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

Lanford Wilson (1937)

One of the founders of the "off-off-Broadway" theater movement, Wilson began writing plays in 1962 and helped found the Circle Repertory Company in 1969. His plays frequently address themes of decay, solitude, and loss, and are known for their realistic dialogue in which monologue, conversation, and direct audience address overlap. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly depicts the post-Vietnam War world of a Southern family. What Russian work did he translate for the stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

in a/the flash of an/the eye

So quickly as to seem almost imperceptible (i.e., in the space of time it takes a person to blink). More...
Today's Holiday

Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) (2017)

Also known as Sheer Thursday or Holy Thursday, this is the day preceding Good Friday. It commemorates Jesus' institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, celebrated by Christians since the middle of the fourth century. The Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion still celebrate the rites of Maundy Thursday, which may include handing out special coins known as "Maundy money" to the aged and the poor, instead of footwashing. Also on this day, the sacramental Holy Oils, or chrism, are blessed. More...
In the News

Self-Driving Cars Can Make People Sick, Study Says

A new study finds that up to 10% of people could get motion sickness in a self-driving car. “Not enough attention has been paid to this issue,” a researcher says. The hype over self-driving cars has hit a fever pitch. Google is working on one. So are Audi and ... More...
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