Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

ostracize

Definition:(verb) Expel from a community or group.
Synonyms:banish, blackball, cast out, shun, ban
Usage: I have been ostracized by my teammates ever since I accidentally scored the winning goal for our opponents in the championship game.
Article of the Day

Roquefort Cheese

One of the best-known of all French cheeses, Roquefort comes from ewe's milk aged in the caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in the south of France. Though similar cheeses are produced elsewhere, European law dictates that only those cheeses aged in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon's caves may bear the name "Roquefort." Distinctive veins of blue mold, found in the caves' soil, give the cheese its characteristic odor and strong taste of butyric acid. According to legend, how was this mold discovered? More...
This Day in History

9-Month-Old Mary Stuart Is Crowned "Queen of Scots" (1543)

When King James V of Scotland died in 1542, his two sons had already died in infancy and his only surviving child—a daughter—was just a week old. The infant Mary Queen of Scots was crowned nine months later in an elaborate coronation at Stirling Castle, where she would spend her early years. Laden with regal robes, the tiny sovereign cried throughout the entire ceremony. Soon thereafter, King Henry VIII of England attacked Scotland in an attempt to force what to happen to Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828)

Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Considered one of the world's greatest writers, he is perhaps most famous for his masterpieces, War and Peace, a vast prose epic of the Napoleonic invasion of 1812, and Anna Karenina, about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love. Tolstoy was an anarchist and disapproved of all organizations based on the premise of force, including the government and the church. How many characters are there in War and Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
The one predominant duty is to find one's work and do it.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

lay (oneself) out

To put in a great deal of effort; to inconvenience oneself or go through a lot of trouble. More...
Today's Holiday

Yellow Daisy Festival (2017)

The Yellow Daisy Festival is a tribute to a rare flower, the yellow daisy, that blooms on Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia. They were discovered in 1846 by missionary Thomas Porter, who sent a specimen to noted botanist Asa Gray for identification. The only other place in the United States the yellow daisy has been identified is California, but there the plant is larger and woodier. The festival, held since 1969 at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, offers tours to view the daisy and much more: one of the South's largest arts and crafts shows, live music, and children's activities. More...
In the News

Sibling Bullying Takes Mental Toll

Siblings will inevitably fight, but when one regularly says nasty or hurtful things to or about the other, gets physical with him or her, or consistently ignores him or her, it crosses the line into bullying and can do lasting harm. Eighteen-year-olds who were bullied by a sibling several times a week in childhood were about twice as likely as their peers to have depression, to have anxiety, and to engage in self-harm. It is important, therefore, for parents to understand that bullying can occur in the home just as it can in school and to intervene when they see their children treating each other in a bullying manner. More...
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