Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

incertitude

Definition:(noun) The state of being unsure of something.
Synonyms:doubtfulness, dubiousness, uncertainty
Usage: Here, too, he was disappointed; and then all was afloat, in the painful incertitude of doubt and conjecture.
Article of the Day

Olives

Differences in appearance, flavor, and oil content distinguish different varieties of olives, of which there are several hundred. Many have been cultivated since ancient times, with some developed especially for oil extraction. Of the olives meant for eating, green ones are picked when full-grown but unripe and are often pitted and stuffed with pimientos or anchovies. Ripe olives, usually purplish black, are richer in oil. According to Greek mythology, the olive was a gift to mankind from whom? More...
This Day in History

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Is Published (1925)

Considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a devastating critique of the American Dream and materialism at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It is the story of a bootlegger, Jay Gatsby, whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Today used as required reading in many high schools, the book has been cited as the paragon of the Great American Novel. Why did Fitzgerald dislike the title, and what did he want to call his novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo Grotius (1583)

Grotius was a Dutch jurist, philosopher, and writer. He enrolled at the University of Leiden at the age of 11 and became a lawyer at 15. Among his key legal treatises is the first definitive text on international law, On the Law of War and Peace, which prescribes rules for the conduct of war and advances the idea that nations are bound by natural law. In 1615, he became involved in a religious controversy that extended to politics and was eventually imprisoned. How did he escape? More...
Quotation of the Day
Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

I'd say

In my opinion; it is my estimation that. More...
Today's Holiday

Passover (2017)

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and by Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Chemical in the Home Linked to Earlier Menopause

Women exposed to high levels of perfluorocarbons, or PFCs, may go through menopause at an earlier age than other women. PFCs have been used for some time in a wide range of household products, including non-stick pans, plastic food containers, and furniture, but recent studies suggest they act as endocrine disruptors, meaning that they interfere with normal hormone function. A 2004 US government study detected PFCs in the blood of 98 percent of participants, while a more recent study found that among women over the age of 42, those with higher blood levels of PFCs were more likely to have gone through menopause and to have lower estrogen levels than other women. More...
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