Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

wordless

Definition:(adjective) Expressed without speech.
Synonyms:mute, unspoken, tongueless
Usage: Never a hearty breakfaster, he had found himself under the influence of her wordless disapproval physically unable to consume the fried egg that confronted him.
Article of the Day

Encyclopédie

Published under the direction of Denis Diderot, Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiersEncyclopedia, or Classified Dictionary of Sciences, Arts, and Trades—was one of the principal works of the Enlightenment. Inspired by the success of E. Chambers's British Cyclopaedia; or An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, the first 17 of an eventual 35 volumes were published between 1751 and 1765. Who were some of its notable contributors? More...
This Day in History

Grand Teton National Park Established (1929)

Before US President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating Grand Teton National Park, the National Park Service and homesteaders around Jackson Hole, Wyoming, fought for decades about the best way to preserve the landscape there. Much of the steep Teton Range lies within the boundaries of the park. Its peaks rise above deep valleys, called "holes" by the first white trappers and traders in the area. It has been suggested that early French trappers named the Teton Range after what body part? More...
Today's Birthday

Christopher Marlowe (1564)

A shoemaker's son, Marlowe attended Cambridge University and then became an actor and dramatist in London. His plays, such as Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta, often center on a heroic personality ruined by his own ambition. Most critics hold that the poetic beauty of his language elevates his plays' violence to high art, and many believe that he influenced Shakespeare's work. At 29, he was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl, possibly due to his involvement in what covert activity? More...
Quotation of the Day
In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

henpecked

Of a man, thoroughly and continually dominated, intimidated, bullied, or browbeaten by a woman, especially his wife or girlfriend. More...
Today's Holiday

Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges) (2017)

The highlight of the annual pre-Lent carnival—held every year for generations in Ivrea, Italy—is the massive orange-throwing battle that involves thousands of combatants in the town's streets and squares. The battle evokes key insurrections that the townspeople launched against undesirable leaders. On the Sunday before Lent, the battle is pitted between throwers on foot, who represent the townspeople, and others on decorated horse-drawn wagons, who represent the tyrants' officers. The fight rages all over town, continuing through the Tuesday before Lent. More...
In the News

Stress Does Not Prevent Fertility Treatment Success

At any given time, about 20 percent of US couples are struggling with infertility. It is widely believed that stress can hinder attempts at becoming pregnant both by natural means and with fertility treatments, however, it appears that this is not the case. A review of data from 14 studies involving more than 3,500 infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization or other assisted reproduction techniques showed that emotional distress did not reduce the chances of having a successful pregnancy. More...
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