Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

forgo

Definition:(verb) Do without or cease to hold or adhere to.
Synonyms:foreswear, waive, dispense with, relinquish
Usage: The tortures of the accused did not equal mine; she was sustained by innocence, but the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forgo their hold.
Article of the Day

The Necklace of Harmonia

The fabled Necklace of Harmonia is a cursed object of Greek myth. It was made as a means of revenge by Hephaestus, god of fire and metalwork, after he discovered that his wife, Aphrodite, was having an affair with Ares. He gave the lovely necklace to Harmonia, Aphrodite’s daughter by Ares. The necklace was said to grant eternal beauty and youth, but it also cursed anyone who wore it. Generations later, it kept what widowed queen young and beautiful, allowing her to unwittingly marry her own son? More...
This Day in History

US Department of Agriculture Is Created (1862)

US President Abraham Lincoln created the Department of Agriculture, which he referred to as the "people's department," at a time when most Americans were farmers. It played a key role in the survival of many during the Depression, and today it continues to ensure that those in need receive food. It also aids farmers, inspects meat and dairy products, oversees food stamp and school lunch programs, and administers national forests. Before Lincoln, the Agricultural Division was part of what office? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Avedon (1923)

A major figure in fashion photography, Avedon studied photography in the US Merchant Marine. He became a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar in the 1940s and was later was associated with Vogue. Known for his stark, black-and-white portraits of people in unusual poses, Avedon redefined fashion photography as an art form. However, many consider his magnum opus to be what 1985 book documenting something very different from fashion? More...
Quotation of the Day
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

in virtue of (something)

Due to something; because of something; by reason of something. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Dymphna's Day (2017)

According to legend, St. Dymphna fled with her priest to Geel, Belgium to escape her pagan father's demand for an incestuous marriage. St. Dymphna came to be known as the patron saint of the insane, and for centuries mental patients were brought to the site of her relics in Geel. Today there is a large, well-equipped sanatorium for the mentally ill in Geel. On May 15 special church services are held and a religious procession moves through the streets carrying a stone from St. Dymphna's alleged tomb—a relic that at one time was applied to patients as part of their therapy. More...
In the News

Surfer's Record-Breaking Ride

Professional surfer Garrett McNamara's heart pounding ride on a massive wave off the coast of Portugal has given him more than just a thrill—it has earned him a place in the record books. Experts reviewed footage of the Hawaiian surfer's feat and calculated the wave's height to be a towering 78 feet (24 meters). According to Guinness World Records, it was the biggest wave ever ridden, beating the previous record, set in 2008, by more than a foot. More...
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