Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

irradiate

Definition:(verb) Expose to radiation.
Synonyms:ray
Usage: The government regulators insist that we irradiate farm produce so as to destroy bacteria.
Article of the Day

The Byronic Hero

The Byronic hero is an idealized but flawed character exemplified in the writings of English poet Lord Byron. The archetype first appears in Byron's semiautobiographical epic narrative poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and is portrayed as highly intelligent and sophisticated while simultaneously self-critical, mysterious, and seductive. Such characters possess many "dark" attributes not normally associated with heroes. What are some other examples from literature? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Classifies Tomatoes as Vegetables, Not Fruit (1893)

To most of us, a fruit is a sweet plant part eaten as a dessert or snack, but to a botanist, a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A vegetable, on the other hand, is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. The tomato—one of the newer additions to world cuisine—can be said to meet both criteria but is technically a fruit. Why was the Supreme Court tasked with classifying the tomato in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Stresemann (1878)

A German statesman, Stresemann entered the Reichstag in 1907 as a deputy of the National Liberal party. During World War I, he supported the monarchy and an annexationist policy, but after the proclamation of a German republic in 1918, he founded the conservative German People's party and turned to a conciliatory policy. As chancellor and foreign minister of the Weimar Republic from 1923, he worked to reconcile former enemy nations to Germany. With whom did he share the 1926 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
The greatest tyrants over women are women.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

Festa del Grillo (2018)

On Ascension Day in Florence, Italy, crowds gather in the Cascine—a public park along the banks of the Arno River—to celebrate the Festa del Grillo, or Cricket Festival, the chirping cricket being a traditional symbol of spring. Food stalls are set up in the park, and there are balloons and other souvenirs for sale. People used to catch their own crickets, but today they buy them in brightly painted cages. The children carry their crickets through the park and later hang the cages outside their windows. If the grillo sings to them, it means they'll have good luck. More...
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