Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

cognoscente

Definition:(noun) A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste.
Synonyms:connoisseur
Usage: I may not be a cognoscente of art, but I know talent when I see it, and this painter has it in spades.
Article of the Day

Technophobia

Technophobia—a fear of advanced technology—emerged alongside the mechanical innovations of the Industrial Revolution and became ever more pervasive as inventions ranging from the light bulb to the atomic bomb demonstrated technology's astounding capabilities. Mild technophobia is quite common—many experience it when facing an unfamiliar computer system at a new job. More acute technophobes see technology as inherently dangerous. What well-known novel was one of the first to tackle technophobia? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of The New Yorker Is Published (1925)

The New Yorker is an American magazine known for its sophisticated tone, liberal political perspective, varied literary fare, and witty single-panel cartoons. It was founded by journalist Harold Ross, who aimed to create a sophisticated, metropolitan magazine—in contrast to publications such as Life, which he saw as unrefined. Now one of the most respected publications in the US, The New Yorker is recognized for its strict style and high-quality content. Who is its mascot? More...
Today's Birthday

Anaïs Nin (1903)

Born in France to a Spanish father and French-Dutch mother, Nin began her literary career in Paris in the 1930s but did not receive widespread recognition until the 60s. Frequently moving between France and the US, Nin was influenced by psychoanalysis and Surrealism. Her intensely personal diaries were the basis for many of her novels and stories, which are noted for their poetic style and searching portraits of women. She was also known for her relationship with which well-known author? More...
Quotation of the Day
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

Idiom of the Day

by hell or high water

By any means necessary; regardless of any difficulty, problem, or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Lemon Festival (La Fête du Citron) (2017)

Since the 1930s the town of Menton, France, has celebrated its annual Lemon Festival. Festival organizers expect about 300,000 people to visit the town during the festival in order to enjoy the parades—featuring larger-than-life-sized figurines made entirely of citrus fruit, a specialty of the region—and other activities. Performances of local folk music and dance also take place during the festival. In addition, visitors may stroll by scenes from famous stories reconstructed out of citrus fruits and displayed in one of the city's parks. More...
In the News

Crocodiles Branch Out ... into Trees

When passing through crocodile country, it is not enough to look out for the carnivorous reptiles on land and in water; observations of crocs in Australia, Africa, and North America reveal that the resourceful creatures also take to the trees. Their physical features are not optimized for climbing, but this does not keep them from scaling trees so that they may observe their territory from a higher vantage point or simply bask in the sun. More...
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