Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

zealot

Definition:(noun) An immoderate, fanatical, or extremely zealous adherent to a cause, especially a religious one.
Synonyms:drumbeater, partisan
Usage: Jane, who had dabbled in vegetarianism during high school, became an environmental zealot while in college.
Article of the Day

The Fountain Pen

Prior to the refinement and mass-production of the fountain pen in the late 19th century, writing with ink had some serious drawbacks. The dip pen had to be continuously dipped in ink, while the quill—made from a feather plucked from a live bird—required frequent sharpening. By contrast, the fountain pen held liquid ink in a reservoir until needed, at which time the ink was fed to a nib via a combination of gravity and capillary action. How was ink inserted into the first fountain pens? More...
This Day in History

Empress Elizabeth of Austria Is Assassinated (1898)

Renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth of Bavaria married her cousin, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, but disliked the rigid etiquette of the Viennese court. She therefore spent much of her life wandering abroad. In 1898, an Italian anarchist stabbed the 60-year-old empress in the chest with a sharpened file while she was travelling in Geneva, killing her. Her domestic life is said to been an unhappy one, marred by family tragedies like the death of her only son in what sensational incident? More...
Today's Birthday

Hilda Doolittle, AKA H.D. (1886)

Born in Pennsylvania, Doolittle traveled to Europe in 1911 and stayed there the rest of her life. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagists and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. She combined classical themes with modernist techniques to create clear, impersonal, sensuous verse. Doolittle, who became an icon of the gay-rights and feminist movements after her death, was once involved in a love triangle with what other writers? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

lay (something) at the feet of (someone)

To make or hold someone, especially a group of people, responsible for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Joust of the Quintain (Giostra della Quintana) (2017)

In the 17th century a tournament known as the Joust of the Quintain was held in Foligno, Perugia, Italy, to commemorate the equestrian exercises of the early Roman legionnaires. The tournament was revived in 1946, adhering as closely as possible to the original rules. Early Sunday morning there is a parade of people in Renaissance dress, accompanied by musicians and dancers. Ten "knights" representing the city's 10 districts gallop past the statue of Mars and try to remove the ring in its outstretched hand by spearing it with the tip of a lance. More...
In the News

Author Claims Jack the Ripper Was Actually Aaron the Ripper

The true identity of the infamous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper has eluded investigators for over a century, but in his new book, Naming Jack the Ripper, author Russell Edwards claims to have solved the mystery at last. He points the finger at 23-year-old Polish immigrant and hairdresser Aaron Kosminski, long considered one of the key suspects in the so-called Whitechapel murders. Edwards arrived at this conclusion after linking DNA left on a shawl at one of the Ripper's murder scenes to the descendants of Kosminski. More...
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