Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

mountebank

Definition:(noun) A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
Synonyms:charlatan
Usage: Walking down the street, they saw a mountebank beguiling his audience with tales of miracles achieved through his remedies.
Article of the Day

Cricket

Cricket is a sport played by two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped grass field, in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 66 feet (20.1 m) long, called a “pitch.” At each end of the pitch stands a wicket—or arrangement of wooden stumps—and a batsman whose goal is to protect it from the opposing bowler's ball and, if he can, exchange places with his teammate at the other end of the pitch, thereby scoring a run. What are possible explanations for the origin of the name “cricket”? 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
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

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

New Dr. Seuss Book to Hit Shelves in 2015

What Pet Should I Get, a new book by Dr. Seuss (AKA Theodor Geisel), is scheduled for a July 2015 release, 25 years after his last book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, was published. The new Seuss book is comprised of material that Geisel's wife found shortly after his death in 1991 and then rediscovered in 2013. His art director dates these sketches back to the late 1950s or early '60s, noting that they depict the same siblings as the 1960 Seussian smash One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. More...
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