Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 31, 2016)
Word of the Day

rivulet

Definition:(noun) A small brook or stream.
Synonyms:rill, runnel, streamlet, run
Usage: A tiny rivulet of cold water trickled outward from the opening.
Article of the Day

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a therapeutic treatment in which an electric current is passed through the brain, inducing seizures and alterations in the brain's electrical activity. It is used to treat certain mental disorders and is generally employed only after other therapies have proven ineffective. ECT can cause memory loss and bone fractures, and there is much controversy surrounding its use and effectiveness. Who are some of the noted actors and writers who have undergone ECT? More...
This Day in History

Titanic's Last Survivor Dies (2009)

More than 1,500 lives were lost when the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. However, several hundred of the ship's 2,200 passengers managed to survive. Among them was Millvina Dean, who, at just three months of age, was the ship's youngest passenger. Though she escaped with her mother and brother, her father did not survive. Eventually, she became the disaster's last living survivor. Who helped pay for her healthcare costs toward the end of her life? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie-René-Auguste-Aléxis, Saint-Léger Léger (1887)

Known in literary circles by his nom de plume, Saint-John Perse, Léger was a French poet and diplomat. He was one of Europe's foremost diplomats prior to World War II, but he opposed appeasement of the Nazis and was dismissed by the collaborationist Vichy government in 1940. He then fled to the US, where he remained for nearly two decades. During that time, his reputation as a poet grew, and in 1960, "the soaring flight and evocative imagery of his poetry" earned him what literary award? More...
Quotation of the Day
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival (2018)

Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is widely known for its apple orchards, which begin to flower in late May or early June. The area's Apple Blossom Festival is a five-day celebration whose events are held throughout the 60 towns and villages of the Annapolis Valley. In addition to a children's parade, sporting events, tours to view the apple blossoms, apple pie baking and eating contests, and a cooking competition, the festival includes the crowning of "Queen Annapolisa," who is chosen from among 18 local princesses. More...
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