Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

first-class

Definition:(adjective) Very good; of the highest quality.
Synonyms:excellent, fantabulous, splendid
Usage: The power of the lantern seemed increased a hundredfold, like a lamp through the lenticular plates of a first-class lighthouse.
Article of the Day

Strabo

Strabo was a 1st-century Greek geographer, historian, and philosopher. Almost all of his works on ancient history have been lost, but his Geographica, published circa 14 CE, has survived. A practical guide to the world at that time, it contains historical material, maps, and rich descriptions of cultures that have since vanished. It is the only extant text describing the peoples and places known to Greeks and Romans during the reign of Augustus. How far did Strabo travel for his research? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of The New Yorker Is Published (1925)

The New Yorker is an American magazine known for its sophisticated tone, liberal political perspective, varied literary fare, and witty single-panel cartoons. It was founded by journalist Harold Ross, who aimed to create a sophisticated, metropolitan magazine—in contrast to publications such as Life, which he saw as unrefined. Now one of the most respected publications in the US, The New Yorker is recognized for its strict style and high-quality content. Who is its mascot? More...
Today's Birthday

Anaïs Nin (1903)

Born in France to a Spanish father and French-Dutch mother, Nin began her literary career in Paris in the 1930s but did not receive widespread recognition until the 60s. Frequently moving between France and the US, Nin was influenced by psychoanalysis and Surrealism. Her intensely personal diaries were the basis for many of her novels and stories, which are noted for their poetic style and searching portraits of women. She was also known for her relationship with which well-known author? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of ambitions, it is less harmful, the ambition to prevail in great things, than that other, to appear in every thing; for that breeds confusion, and mars business.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

by hell or high water

By any means necessary; regardless of any difficulty, problem, or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Lemon Festival (La Fête du Citron) (2017)

Since the 1930s the town of Menton, France, has celebrated its annual Lemon Festival. Festival organizers expect about 300,000 people to visit the town during the festival in order to enjoy the parades—featuring larger-than-life-sized figurines made entirely of citrus fruit, a specialty of the region—and other activities. Performances of local folk music and dance also take place during the festival. In addition, visitors may stroll by scenes from famous stories reconstructed out of citrus fruits and displayed in one of the city's parks. More...
In the News

Sensational Story of Survival in Snow

A Swedish man trapped inside his snow-covered car since December 19, 2011, was found emaciated but alive last week and is now recovering at a hospital. He had been living in the vehicle in a wooded area when it became buried and claims to have survived the nearly two-month ordeal by eating handfuls of snow. Though he claims to have had no food since mid-December, food wrappers were found in his car, suggesting he may have had something to eat, at least at first. Either way, his survival for such a long period in such cold conditions with minimal sustenance, if any, is certainly extraordinary. More...
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