Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

minibar

Definition:(noun) Sideboard with compartments for holding bottles.
Synonyms:cellaret
Usage: Kevin pulled several bottles of wine from his minibar to serve to his guests.
Article of the Day

Vincent of Beauvais

Vincent was a French scholar and encyclopedist. A Dominican priest, he became lector and chaplain to the court of King Louis IX. By 1244, he had compiled Speculum majus, an 80-book compendium of knowledge that included human history from creation to the time of Louis IX, natural history and science known to the West, and a compendium of European literature, law, politics, and economics. His work influenced scholars and poets up to the 18th century. What does the work's title mean? More...
This Day in History

John Milton Publishes Areopagitica (1644)

Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton, a 17th-century English poet, was also a writer of several political and moral pamphlets. More than two decades before his poetic masterpiece was published, Milton wrote Areopagitica, his best known prose work. One of the great arguments in favor of the freedom of the press, it was published in 1644 in response to his dissatisfaction with the strict censorship of the press exercised by Parliament. For what is the pamphlet named? More...
Today's Birthday

Boris Karloff (1887)

London native William Henry Pratt adopted the stage name Boris Karloff while touring as an actor in Canada. After settling in Hollywood in 1919, he began acting in silent films and achieved stardom playing the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Thereafter typecast as a horror movie villain, Karloff went on to appear in more than 100 films. His most famous television performance was in the 1966 animated special How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in which he voiced which characters? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fortune always leaves a door open in adversity in order to bring relief to it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Zwiebelmarkt (2015)

Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year's events. More...
In the News

Facebook's 4.74 Degrees of Separation

The old adage that strangers are connected by "six degrees of separation" may need to be updated, suggests a recent study of 721 million active Facebook users. This modern version of Stanley Milgram's so-called small world experiment found that the average number of acquaintances separating any two Facebook users is currently only 4.74. The study also finds that people's interconnectedness over Facebook is growing. In 2008, the average Facebook user was 5.28 degrees away from any other member. More...
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