Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

large-minded

Definition:(adjective) Marked by breadth or tolerance of views; broad-minded.
Synonyms:liberal, tolerant
Usage: My plan must have seemed very foolish to her, but she was often large-minded about humoring the desires of other people.
Article of the Day

George Cruikshank

Cruikshank was a self-taught English caricaturist, illustrator, and etcher who illustrated more than 850 books. One of England's most popular satirists, he once received a royal bribe for a pledge not to embarrass the king. In his later years, he made many drawings depicting the evils of alcohol. His illustrations notably appeared in the works of Charles Dickens. However, his relationship with Dickens soured, and, in 1871, he accused Dickens of having stolen the plot of what novel from him? More...
This Day in History

Remains of Explorer Robert Scott and His Men Are Found in Antarctica (1912)

The Scott party reached the South Pole in January 1912 after a grueling two-and-a-half month journey across Antarctica, only to find that another group had beaten them to it weeks earlier. On the return trek, Scott and his entire team died. Seven months later, a search party found their final camp, retrieved Scott's records, and buried the bodies under a cairn of snow. It is now believed that Scott was the last to die. In his final diary entry, written on March 29, Scott makes what request? More...
Today's Birthday

Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651?)

Today considered one of the greatest lyric poets of colonial Mexico, Sor Juana abandoned her life as a favorite at the viceroy's court to join a convent at the age of 16. There, she immersed herself in learning. Criticized by her superiors, she penned a passionate defense of women's education that became a classic. Despite having earned wide acclaim as a poet, she ceased writing publicly under pressure from church officials. Devoted to spirituality in her final years, she died doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can't get out of it if we would.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

be in bad with (someone)

To be disliked or out of favor with someone; to be in trouble with someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day (2017)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was a pioneer in the struggle for women's rights. She helped organize the first women's rights convention, held at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. With Susan B. Anthony, they organized the National Woman Suffrage Association, planned suffrage campaigns, and fought for equality for women. Governor Herbert Lehman of New York declared November 12 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in 1941. Her birthday has long been observed by women's rights groups throughout the U.S., particularly the National Organization for Women (NOW). More...
In the News

Forgetful Lottery Player Nearly Forfeits $23 Million

California SuperLotto Plus winners have six months from the date of ticket purchase to claim their prizes, and one $23-million jackpot winner came dangerously close to missing the deadline, prompting a statewide search for the ticket holder. For the second time in the lotto's history, it released a surveillance photo of a ticket's buyer in the hope of tracking the winner down. The strategy worked, and the winner, who had apparently stuffed the lucky ticket in her car's console and forgotten to check it after the drawing, came forward to claim her jackpot. More...
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