Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 02, 2016)
Word of the Day

apiarist

Definition:(noun) One who keeps bees, specifically one who cares for and raises bees for commercial or agricultural purposes.
Synonyms:apiculturist, beekeeper
Usage: Profits from the sale of honey comprised only a small portion of the apiarist's income.
Article of the Day

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Mayakovsky, a Russian poet and playwright, was one of the foremost representatives of early 20th century Russian Futurism. A leader of the Futurist school in 1912, he went on to become the poetic voice of the Russian Revolution. His poetry is unique in its rhythm, rhyme, and imagery. Written almost entirely in metaphors, his 1915 poem The Cloud in Trousers describes the agony of unrequited love. Mayakovsky was one of the few Soviet writers allowed by the state to do what? More...
This Day in History

Peanuts Is First Published (1950)

The enormously popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts was first published in 1950. It ran continuously for the next 50 years, ending shortly before the death of its creator, Charles Schulz. The strip chronicled the childhood travails of Charlie Brown and his friends, including Lucy and Linus, and his dog, Snoopy. Schulz's characters also adorned hundreds of products, making him the world's wealthiest cartoonist. Which of Charlie Brown's friends appeared in the first strip? More...
Today's Birthday

Nat Turner (1800)

Turner was an American slave who believed that he had been chosen to lead the slaves out of bondage. He took a solar eclipse in 1831 as a sign and began his rebellion with a few trusted fellow slaves. They killed his master's family and went from house to house, freeing slaves and killing the white people they found. The rebels grew to more than 70 before the state militia quashed the insurrection. Turner was tried and hanged along with 56 others. What laws were passed in response to the revolt? More...
Quotation of the Day
But faithfulness can feed on suffering,
And knows no disappointment.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have a mountain to climb

To have an extremely difficult, seemingly impossible task at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Marino Wine Festival (2016)

The Italian town of Marino is located in the area southeast of Rome known as the Castelli Romani, after the numerous castles, palaces, and Renaissance villas that dot the landscape. Marino is known as a wine town, and during the town's wine festival in early October, the new grape harvest is celebrated by letting the previous year's wine gush freely from the Moors Fountain. Crowds of Romans eager to escape the city descend upon Marino with jugs, bottles, and thermoses to fill. The wine is free for the taking and is the perfect accompaniment to a porchetta sandwich. More...
In the News

Strange Reptile Fossil Puzzles Scientists

A 200-million-year-old reptile is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world. Newly discovered fossils suggest Drepanosaurus had huge hooked claws to dig insects from bark, much like today's anteaters in the forests of Central ... More...
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