Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 7, 2014)
Word of the Day

raconteur

Definition:(noun) One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
Synonyms:anecdotist
Usage: Dave is quite the raconteur and will no doubt keep my guests entertained throughout the evening.
Article of the Day

Princess Caraboo

"Princess Caraboo" was a famous imposter in 19th-century England. Her real-name was Mary Baker, and she was a cobbler's daughter. She invented a fictitious language and created an exotic persona, claiming to be Princess Caraboo from the island of Javasu. She alleged that she had been captured by pirates but managed to jump from their ship and swim to safety. For several weeks, Princess Caraboo enjoyed the hospitality and company of local society. How was her true identity finally uncovered? More...
This Day in History

Samantha Smith Visits the Soviet Union (1983)

In 1982, Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old American girl, wrote a letter to the newly elected leader of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, asking if he intended to start a war. Andropov replied personally. Expressing a desire for lasting peace with the US, he invited Smith to visit. The following July, she and her parents spent two weeks in the USSR amidst a media frenzy that hailed her as a goodwill ambassador. After her death in a plane crash two years later, she was honored by both nations in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Mahler (1860)

Mahler was an Austrian composer and conductor. After studying in Vienna, he conducted at numerous prominent opera houses where his high standards became legendary, but his refusal to compromise aroused intense personal opposition. He composed in his free time, mostly during the summer, and completed nine symphonies in his lifetime. The biggest success of his career—the 1910 premiere of his eighth symphony—was overshadowed by Mahler's discovery of his wife's affair with what famous architect? More...
Quotation of the Day
No enemy is worse than bad advice.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

it wouldn't do (someone) any harm (to do something)

It would or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial for someone (to do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Juno Caprotina (2017)

Juno was the ancient Roman goddess of women and marriage, identified with the Greek goddess Hera. As the highest deity in the Roman pantheon next to Jupiter, her brother and husband, she ruled all aspects of women's lives, including sexuality and childbirth, and served as a kind of guardian angel for women. The two most important festivals in honor of Juno were the Juno Caprotina (or Nonae Caprotinae) and the Matronalia. The former was held under a wild fig tree in the Campus Martius, or Field of Mars, a floodplain of the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Watch Your TV Watching

With all the known health implications of a sedentary lifestyle, it may come as little surprise that excessive TV watching is tied to a higher risk of premature death. However, it appears that not all seated activities are created equal. Adults who watch three or more hours of TV a day are twice as likely to suffer a premature death as those who watch an hour or less, yet those who spend similar amounts of time behind the wheel or using a computer are not nearly as predisposed to an early death. More...
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