Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

anteroom

Definition:(noun) A large entrance or reception room or area.
Synonyms:foyer, lobby, vestibule, hall
Usage: The butler had me wait in the anteroom while he went to get the master of the house.
Article of the Day

Capuchin Monkeys

Capuchins are highly intelligent monkeys that live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. In the wild, they use tools to crack open nuts and crabs and have learned to rub crushed millipedes on their backs as mosquito repellant. Easily trained, they are historically recognizable as the classic organ-grinder's monkey and are today widely used in lab experiments and occasionally as service animals. What sorts of tasks are monkey helpers trained to perform to assist the disabled? More...
This Day in History

West German Chancellor Willy Brandt Resigns (1974)

Brandt fled his native Germany for Norway after the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s. Returning after the war, he became involved in politics and, in 1969, was elected chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. As chancellor, he greatly improved relations with East Germany, the Soviet Union, and Poland, and in 1971 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1974, he was forced to resign after an embarrassing scandal in which one of his close aides was exposed as what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Browning (1812)

Browning was a leading Victorian poet known for his dramatic monologues. In 1846, he secretly married Elizabeth Barrett, whisking her away from her despotic father to Italy. Barrett was already a famous poet, but Browning's poems—such as "Fra Lippo Lippi" and "The Bishop Orders His Tomb"—gained recognition slowly. Long after his beloved wife's death, his novel in verse about a murder, The Ring and the Book, finally earned him wide acclaim. In 1890, he became the first dead man to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

in the eye of (something)

At, in, or amidst the central or focal point of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Mushroom Festival (2017)

Richmond, Missouri, is known for its highly prized morel mushrooms, which resemble a deeply pitted or folded cone-like sponge at the top of a hollow stem. The highlight of the annual Mushroom Festival, which has been held in Richmond since 1980, is the Big Morel Contest. Other events include a parade, crafts, a carnival, mushroom eating, and much more. Mushroom hunters flock to the town's wooded areas in search of the morel, known as the "Golden Fleece of mushrooms" because it is hard to find and has never been successfully cultivated. More...
In the News

Lenin Poisoned?

In the years leading up to his death in 1924, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin suffered a series of debilitating strokes. It has been suggested that a syphilis infection caused these strokes, but a doctor and a historian who examined Lenin's medical records and other evidence now believe that stress, familial predisposition to hardening of the arteries, and possibly even poison are the more likely culprits. Lenin's brain and body were preserved following his death, and tests could reveal whether he was indeed poisoned. More...
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