Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

jilt

Definition:(verb) To deceive or drop (a lover) suddenly or callously.
Synonyms:forsake
Usage: Since being jilted by his fiancée, he had grown to distrust all women.
Article of the Day

Mykonos

Mykonos is a mountainous island of Greece in the Aegean Sea. Made mostly of granite, this 35 sq mi (90 sq km) island of about 6,200 people is a popular European tourist destination and has many fisheries. Mykonos is known for its nightlife and is considered one of the top clubbing destinations in the Mediterranean. In Greek mythology, Mykonos was the site of the battle between Zeus and what race of giants? More...
This Day in History

First "Fireside Chat" by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933)

The "fireside chats" were a series of informal radio speeches delivered by president Roosevelt beginning in 1933, when the US was in the midst of the Great Depression and a third of Americans were unemployed. With his calm manner and simple way of explaining issues, Roosevelt discussed such issues as the banking crisis, the New Deal program, and the drought. During WWII, he reported on the progress of the war and discussed national defense. How many fireside chats did he deliver in all? More...
Today's Birthday

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890)

Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and ballet's first modernist choreographer. One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, he performed spectacular leaps with unrivaled grace. During his career, his innovations were considered both scandalous and revolutionary. He had a romantic relationship with his mentor, Sergey Diaghilev, who dismissed him from the Ballets Russes when he married a Hungarian countess. A few years later, acute schizophrenia ended his career. Did he and Diaghilev ever reconcile? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauritius Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the day in 1968 when Mauritius gained independence from Britain, after being under its rule since the early 19th century. More...
In the News

How Even Cockroaches Reach Consensus

The cockroach has long been praised—or feared—for its supposed supernatural qualities. It has been said that the insect can hold its breath for 40 minutes and run up to three miles in one hour. It can live for weeks without a head. And, on top of all that, it has ... More...
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