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Definition: (noun) A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude.
Synonyms:solitudinarian, troglodyte, hermit, solitary
Usage:He was regarded by the townspeople as a recluse, since no one ever saw him receive visitors. Discuss.

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Mount Carmel

Mt. Carmel is a mountain ridge in Israel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Long an object of veneration, it was associated in biblical times with the lives of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. From the mountainside vineyards comes the renowned Mt. Carmel wine, and at the foot of Mt. Carmel is the port of Haifa. On its slopes are a Baha'ist garden shrine, with the tombs of Bab-ed-din and of Abdul Baha, and a 19th-century Carmelite monastery. What strategic role did Mt. Carmel play during WWI? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Operation Anthropoid: Reinhard Heydrich Is Assassinated (1942)

Operation Anthropoid was the code name for the Czechoslovak-British plan to assassinate top Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich, a chief planner of the so-called Final Solution whose ruthlessness and numerous execution orders earned him the nickname "the Hangman of Europe." In May 1942, Heydrich was ambushed by Czech patriots and wounded. A week later, he died from his injuries. This was one of the only successful assassinations of a top-ranking Nazi leader during the war. How did the Nazis retaliate? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894)

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of French writer and doctor Louis-Ferdinand Destouches. Considered one of the most influential French writers of the 20th century, he developed a writing style that aimed to capture the rhythm of everyday speech. He remains, however, a controversial figure, partly due to his virulent anti-Semitism. After World War II, France convicted him of being a Nazi collaborator but later granted him amnesty. What punctuation mark was he especially fond of? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Poetry's unnat'ral; no man ever talked poetry 'cept a beadle on boxin' day.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

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Today's Holiday


National Reconciliation Week

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People's Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. More... Discuss