Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

costermonger

Definition:(noun) One who sells fruit, vegetables, fish, or other goods from a cart, barrow, or stand in the streets.
Synonyms:barrow-man
Usage: Too far, in fancy, above the rest of mankind to trouble about their petty distinctions, he is equally at home with duke or costermonger.
Article of the Day

Hafez

Hafez was a 14th-century Persian mystic and poet. His ghazals, or lyrical poems, are noted for the beautiful manner in which the themes of love, mysticism, and Sufism are presented. Much that is known about Hafez comes from legend and myth, though scholars believe he was the disciple of the Attar of Shiraz. Hafez faced charges of blasphemy during his life over the content of his poetry, but an elaborate tomb was erected in his honor 20 years after his death. What is inscribed on his tombstone? More...
This Day in History

Sacco and Vanzetti Are Executed (1927)

The 1920 armed robbery and murder trial of the young Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti was one of the most controversial in US history. Though some believed the verdict was just, others argued that the two men were innocent and were only found guilty because they were immigrants and political radicals. Their defenders waged a fierce legal and public relations battle to save the men's lives, but they were executed in 1927. What declaration about the verdict was made in 1977? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Kelly (1912)

Kelly was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and movie director. After training at his mother's dance school in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1938 and danced in Broadway musicals. His athletic style later became a hallmark of the movie musical. His most famous performance came in Singin' in the Rain, which he also helped choreograph and direct. His achievements earned him a special Academy Award in 1952. With what animated character did Kelly dance in Anchors Aweigh? More...
Quotation of the Day
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Idiom of the Day

grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Vulcanalia (2016)

Vulcan was the ancient Roman god of volcanic or destructive fire. The Vulcanalia, or festival in honor of Vulcan, was held on August 23, right at the time of year when forest fires might be expected and when the stored grain was in danger of burning. For this reason, Vulcan's cult was very prominent at Ostia, where Rome's grain was stored. At the Vulcanalia, which was observed in Egypt, in Athens, and in Rome, the priest or flamen Volcanis performed a sacrifice, and the heads of families burned small fish they had caught in the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Gray Wolf Pack Spotted in California's Cascades for First Time in Nearly a Century

On a Northern California hiking trail near the Cascades' Mount Shasta, two all-black adult wolves and five 4-month-old pups have been captured on film. It's the first time in modern history that a gray wolf pack has been seen in the state since its ... More...
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