Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

extemporaneous

Definition:(adjective) Carried out or performed with little or no preparation.
Synonyms:impromptu, off-the-cuff, offhand, unrehearsed, ad-lib
Usage: Though she had not practiced for some time, Mary's extemporaneous piano recital wowed her dinner guests.
Article of the Day

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter is one of the preeminent boarding schools in the world, along with Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Eton College in England. Famous for its demanding and rigorous academics, Exeter also boasts one of the largest endowments of any secondary school in the US. Graduates typically matriculate to elite colleges, a tradition that has solidified the school's long-standing relationships with Ivy League and other prestigious universities. Who are some of the academy's famous alumni? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Submarine Attacks US Mainland (1942)

With the exception of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US was able to largely avoid fighting WWII on home soil, mainly because of its relative geographical isolation. However, Japan attacked the West Coast of the US several times. In 1942, a Japanese submarine fired at Fort Stevens in Oregon in the first and only attack on a mainland US military installation during the war. The shells damaged phone cables and a baseball backstop, but the fort's gunners were ordered not to return fire. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Therese McCarthy (1912)

McCarthy began her storied writing career as a drama critic for the Partisan Review in the 1930s, gaining a reputation for wit, intellect, and acerbity—qualities that are evident in her later works of satirical fiction as well as in her personal life. She engaged other authors in public feuds and repeatedly took contentious literary and political stands. Author Lillian Hellman filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against McCarthy after she made what comment about Hellman's writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

in no way, shape, or form

In no possible manner; under no circumstances; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

Midnight Sun Festival (2017)

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year. More...
In the News

Bad Pass Lands Man in Jail

Let this story be a lesson to any would-be contraband smugglers—do not try to toss a football filled with heroin, marijuana, tobacco, cell phones, and chargers over a prison fence unless you are certain you have the arm for it. A young man in Michigan is now behind bars and facing contraband charges after allegedly attempting this feat and failing, his football landing short between two fences at a state prison rather than in the inmates' exercise yard. Not only did the boneheaded criminal fail to make his delivery, but he also attempted it in full view of one of the prison's guards and was quickly apprehended. More...
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