Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

ululate

Definition:(verb) Emit long loud cries.
Synonyms:howl, wail, yaup, yawl, roar
Usage: The mourners began to ululate loudly, shattering the meditative silence of the cemetery with their cries of grief.
Article of the Day

Barefoot Parks

Popular in Europe, barefoot parks are places where visitors can dispense with shoes and safely experience various landscape textures underfoot. Their well-maintained terrain affords visitors the opportunity to walk across different types of soil, wade through streams, and even practice climbing—all while barefoot. Some parks offer activities such as foot gymnastics, in which people can practice picking up objects with their feet. How might barefoot parks improve one’s overall comfort and health? More...
This Day in History

Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon (1969)

In 1969, four months after the Apollo 11 mission culminated with the first moonwalk, Apollo 12 returned to the Moon with astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. The craft touched down on the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had landed there in 1967, and Conrad and Bean walked to the probe to remove some of its instruments to take back to Earth for study. What were Conrad's first words when he set foot on the lunar surface? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Seghers (1900)

Born Netty Reiling, Seghers was a German novelist. She won fame with her first novel of social protest, The Revolt of the Fishermen, but in 1933 she was forced to leave Germany. In Mexico, she wrote The Seventh Cross, a poignant story of escape from a concentration camp. Other works include Transit and a study of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. After World War II she settled in East Berlin. Who starred in the film version of The Seventh Cross in 1944? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

golden ticket

A person, thing, quality, ability, or accomplishment that provides a reliable opportunity for great financial or personal success. More...
Today's Holiday

Equal Opportunity Day (2016)

At the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in southern Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. This 270-word speech is considered one of the greatest in American history. Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln's address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Sometimes, this day is referred to as "Gettysburg Address Day." More...
In the News

Twinkie-Maker Topples, Shoppers Stock Up

Twinkie fiends may soon be putting to the test the urban legend that the cream-filled cakes stay good for years, because the popular snack cake's maker, Hostess Brands Inc., is going out of business. The company has struggled financially for some time—emerging from a five-year period of bankruptcy in 2009 only to file again early this year. It is now seeking a US bankruptcy court's permission to close and sell its assets. Operations have been suspended at all of Hostess's US plants, and eBay sellers are already cashing in on the news, listing boxes of Twinkies for upwards of $100. More...
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