Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

moonstruck

Definition:(adjective) Insane and believed to be affected by the phases of the moon.
Synonyms:lunatic
Usage: You are the first Avonlea girl who has ever gone to college; and you know that all pioneers are considered to be afflicted with moonstruck madness.
Article of the Day

The Poison Affair

During the trial of Marie Madeleine d'Aubray, marquise de Brinvilliers, who stood accused of conspiring to poison her relatives to secure the family fortune, it was revealed that such poisons, or "inheritance powders," could be readily bought from Parisian fortune-tellers and alchemists. The news terrified high society, especially the king's court. An investigation was launched, and a hysterical period ensued during which how many people were executed for poison conspiracies? More...
This Day in History

Harold Macmillan Delivers "Wind of Change" Speech (1960)

British statesman Harold Macmillan held several government posts during World War II, including minister resident in North Africa. After serving in several other positions, he became prime minister in 1957. Macmillan accelerated Britain's decolonization, especially in Africa. In a memorable speech to the South African parliament in 1960, he said a "wind of change" was sweeping across Africa, which was experiencing a growth in national consciousness. What were the reactions to the speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Norman Rockwell (1894)

Rockwell was an American illustrator whose idealized scenes of family life in small-town America gained enormous popularity with the public. His illustrations appeared in major periodicals such as Collier's and Life. From 1916 to 1963, he produced 317 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, and during WWII his patriotic posters were distributed by the government. What unusually serious subject did the sentimental illustrator cover for Look magazine later in his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
With Women, we speak of "love", "duty", "right", "wrong", "pity", "hope", and other irrational and emotional conceptions, which have no existence, and the fiction of which has no object except to control feminine exuberances.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

however much

No matter how much. More...
Today's Holiday

Quebec Winter Carnival (2017)

The celebration of winter that has been held since the mid-1950s in Quebec City ranks among the great carnivals of the world. It begins with the Queen's Ball at the Château Frontenac and a parade of illuminated floats. More than 40,000 tons of snow are trucked in to construct a large snow castle, which is illuminated at night and which serves as a mock jail. Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival's seven-foot-high snowman mascot dressed in a red cap and traditional sash, roams the streets teasing children and looking for people to lock up in the Ice Palace. More...
In the News

$3 Billion Sunken Treasure to Surface Soon

Treasure hunters claim to have located a WWII-era shipwreck laden with 71 tons of platinum—valued at more than $3 billion today—as well as gold bullion and diamonds. The ship, identified by its hull number as the SS Port Nicholson, was carrying a lend-lease payment from the Soviet Union to the US when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the US Atlantic coast in 1942. Though the treasure has not yet been retrieved, underwater footage shows metal bars and crates that appear to be the platinum cargo listed in a US Treasury Department ledger. The group hopes to begin salvage efforts later this month. More...
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