Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

minatory

Definition:(adjective) Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.
Synonyms:menacing, ominous, sinister, baleful, forbidding
Usage: Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look.
Article of the Day

Thomas Gainsborough

Gainsborough was a British landscape and portrait painter. While he painted landscapes for pleasure, portraiture was his profession. In 1759, he moved to the fashionable spa of Bath, where his works would be seen by a wider—and wealthier—public. During that time, he developed a lucrative portrait practice and completed his famous The Blue Boy. He was a favorite of the royal family and appears to have been preferred above his rival, what other famous portrait painter? More...
This Day in History

Hersheypark Opens in Pennsylvania (1907)

Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, originally created Hersheypark for his employees. Situated along a creek, it was a good spot for boating, picnicking, and enjoying baseball, which is what visitors did on the park's first day in 1907. The next year, the park added its first ride, a carousel. Over the decades, as the park expanded, it grew from a regional amusement to a national attraction. In what year did it bring the first looping roller coaster to the East Coast? More...
Today's Birthday

Sue Taylor Grafton (1940)

A onetime screenwriter, Grafton began writing detective novels after a bitter and protracted custody battle left her daydreaming about the vengeful crimes she would have liked to commit but could not. As a means of escape, she created private detective Kinsey Millhone, the protagonist in a series of alphabet-titled novels such as A is for Alibi and B is for Burglar. After G Is for Gumshoe, she was able to quit screenwriting. Why won't she sell the film rights to her books? More...
Quotation of the Day
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in (one's) heyday

In, at, or during the period of one's greatest success, power, vigor, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Blajini (2017)

Among rural people in Romania there is a widespread belief in the existence of the Blajini, the "Meek" or "Kindly Ones"—a lost race who don't understand the ways of human beings. On the Monday after Easter Monday, Romanian women and children throw red Easter egg shells on running streams, since they believe that all the world's streams eventually flow into a single river, alongside of which live the Blajini. Their hope is that the Blajini will find the shells and know it is time to celebrate the Easter feast. More...
In the News

Glass-Half-Full Outlook Good for Heart

Studies suggest that optimistic, satisfied, and happy people have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Among the most optimistic individuals, risk was found to be 50 percent lower. While healthier people may tend to be happier people, researchers believe that a positive outlook can positively impact heart and cardiovascular health in a number of ways. Firstly, a sense of well-being could help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, people who are optimistic tend to be more inclined to engage in healthy behaviors like exercising and eating well. More...
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