Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

inviolate

Definition:(adjective) Free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
Synonyms:intact, whole, untouched, undisturbed, unsullied, unpolluted, unstained, undefiled
Usage: The old America had only one foreign policy, and that was to hold inviolate the Monroe doctrine.
Article of the Day

Popcorn

Popcorn is a type of corn that bursts into irregularly shaped puffs when heated. When heat is applied to a popcorn kernel, pressure builds inside it until the outer hull finally explodes and the gelatinized, starchy interior comes spilling out. This rapidly hardens, becoming the familiar puff. This tasty treat, today a fixture at theater concession stands, is not a modern invention. Evidence suggests humans have been eating it for thousands of years. What are kernels that fail to pop called? More...
This Day in History

Elizabeth Barrett Elopes with Robert Browning (1846)

Elizabeth Barrett's Poems, published in 1844, brought her immediate fame and became a favorite of the poet Robert Browning. The two began to correspond, fell in love, and, after a courtship kept secret from her tyrannical father, married and settled in Italy. The once frail and sickly Elizabeth grew stronger and, at age 43, gave birth to a son. Her poetic reputation rests chiefly on the love poems written during their courtship, Sonnets from the Portuguese. Who is "the Portuguese"? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred A. Knopf (1892)

Knopf was a leading American publisher of the 20th century who founded Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1915. He emphasized translations of great contemporary European literature, at that time neglected by American publishers, and paid special attention to the printing, binding, and design of his books, earning a reputation as a purist in both content and presentation. By the time of his death, authors published by the firm had won 16 Nobel and 27 Pulitzer prizes. What was his colophon? More...
Quotation of the Day
We loved the doctrine for the teacher's sake.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

hard on the eyes

Unattractive; ugly. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of St. Nichiren's Pardon (2016)

At the Botamochi Temple in Kamakura, Japan, this festival honors St. Nichiren (1222-1282), considered to be Japan's most fervent Buddhist priest. He was exiled to the island of Sado in the Sea of Japan in 1271. After four years there, he returned and spent the rest of his life on Mount Minobu. The Festival of Nichiren's Pardon is observed by members of the Nichiren sect with massive demonstrations and the loud chanting of prayers attributed to Nichiren, accompanied by the beating of drums. People make offerings of botamochi, rice balls covered with sweet bean paste, in his honor. More...
In the News

The Best Diet Is the One You Can Stick With

Diet fads seem to come and go with the seasons, so how can you know which one is best? Researchers have analyzed data from 48 separate trials to find the answer, and the results may surprise you: there is no "best." All diets result in roughly similar weight loss, likely because they all cut calories to a similar level. More important than diet type, researchers say, is the individual dieter's ability to stick with a given program. It is important to note, however, that this study looked exclusively at weight loss and not at other health issues, like cholesterol levels, that can be influenced by diet. More...
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