Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

lectern

Definition:(noun) Desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer.
Synonyms:reading desk
Usage: On the small rock platform stood an old bronze lectern or reading-stand, groaning under a great German Bible.
Article of the Day

Flan

Flan is a dessert made by adding custard to a caramel-lined mold. After it is baked, then chilled, it is tipped out of the mold so the caramel is on top. The dish is popular around the world, from Europe to the Philippines to Latin America, and one form is a staple of Japanese convenience stores. Though flan is typically vanilla-flavored, it can be made with a number of other flavors, such as almond or chocolate. A variation of flan popular in Puerto Rico contains an added layer of what? More...
This Day in History

James Meredith Is Barred from the University of Mississippi (1962)

After a US federal court ruled that colleges could not deny admission to qualified students on the basis of race, civil rights activist James Meredith prepared to enter the segregated University of Mississippi. On the day of Meredith's enrollment, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett stood in the doorway of the admissions office, physically blocking Meredith's entry, and informed him that his application was denied. Ten days later, Meredith returned—with 500 federal marshals. What happened then? More...
Today's Birthday

Maxwell Perkins (1884)

After joining the publishing firm of Charles Scribner's Sons, Perkins became an enormously well-regarded editor with a genius for recognizing and fostering new talent. Though best known for the intensive editorial work that shaped Thomas Wolfe's sprawling manuscripts into publishable form, he also edited and published early works by then-unknown writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Erskine Caldwell. How many words did Perkins persuade Wolfe to cut from his first novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
The first duty of a lecturer—to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantelpiece forever.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

be left (out) in the cold

To be ignored, forgotten, or excluded, as from a group, activity, benefit, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta (2017)

Cartegena, located on the Mediterranean Sea in southeastern Spain, is an ancient city steeped in the history of the Carthaginian and Roman Empires. Today, for 10 days in late September, thousands of local people celebrate the Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta by dressing in period costume and reenacting this pivotal era in history. The festivities open with a ceremonial lighting of a sacred fire, and over the next several days, festival attendees witness a series of reenactments, including a Roman circus and the victorious march by the Roman Legions through the streets of Cartegena. More...
In the News

Controversial Study Suggests Modified Corn Is Unsafe

Genetically modified (GM) crops are widely grown and consumed in the US, but a controversial new study is raising questions about their safety. Researchers claim that rats fed a type of GM corn that is resistant to the popular weedkiller Roundup or given Roundup-tainted water developed tumors, suffered organ damage, and died earlier than those on a standard diet. Experts, however, are wary of the findings, noting that the study authors failed to publish key details, such as how much the rats were fed and what their growth rates were, and utilized unconventional statistical methods to analyze the data. More...
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