Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

nadir

Definition:(noun) An extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything.
Synonyms:low-water mark, rock bottom
Usage: They lost everything in the fire and reached the nadir of their fortunes.
Article of the Day

Age is Just a Number

Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until she was nearly 110. At 114, she became the world's oldest actress, appearing as herself in the family film Vincent and Me. Calment attributed her longevity to what food product? More...
This Day in History

The Old Man of the Mountain Collapses (2003)

The Old Man of the Mountain was an iconic rock formation in the Franconia Notch mountain pass of New Hampshire. Protruding from the side of a cliff, about 1,200 feet (366 m) above a lake, it looked like a craggy, 40-ft (12-m) human face. Years of freezing weather and the feature's already precarious position caused the beloved local symbol and tourist destination to collapse in 2003. American statesman Daniel Webster once said that the Old Man was God's way of saying what? More...
Today's Birthday

William Motter Inge (1913)

Inge worked as a teacher and newspaper critic before winning recognition as a dramatist. His plays sympathetically portray the aspirations and frustrations of Midwestern small-town life. He first earned notice in 1950 with Come Back, Little Sheba, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for Picnic. Several of his works were made into films. By the 1960s, his reputation as a dramatist declined, and he turned to writing novels. Plagued by alcoholism and illness, he died in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
States, as great engines, move slowly.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

in the view of (someone)

In someone's or some group's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de la Santa Cruz (2017)

The Day of the Holy Cross, known elsewhere as the Exaltation of the Cross, is an important one throughout Latin America. Crosses that are normally found in the churches are repaired and repainted, or carried in procession through the streets. In Venezuela, the celebration is known as Velorio de Cruz. People set up special altars in their homes that include crosses, lighted candles, and images of the saints. Musicians and poets from all over the country come to perform in front of these altars. While playing their instruments, they improvise rhymed couplets and other poetic forms. More...
In the News

Look Older? Might Be Your Genes, Study Says

Seniors who insist they feel far younger than they look have been vindicated: scientists have found a genetic combination that makes people look older than their true age. Certain varieties of the so-called MC1R gene add as much as two years to the ... More...
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