Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

prefatory

Definition:(adjective) Serving as an introduction or preface.
Synonyms:introductory
Usage: Without wasting a moment in prefatory words of any sort, I entered on my narrative.
Article of the Day

Margery Kempe: Mother, Mystic, Madwoman

Dating to the 15th century and discovered in its entirety in 1934, The Book of Margery Kempe is perhaps the first autobiography in the English language. Dictated to a scribe by the apparently illiterate Kempe, it chronicles her travels as a religious pilgrim and provides an in-depth account of a middle-class woman's experience in the Middle Ages. The mother of 14 claims that after the birth of her first child, she fell into a bout of madness and had a vision that called on her to do what? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

keep in step with the times

To be, strive to be, or appear to be contemporary, fashionable, and/or relevant in modern times. More...
Today's Holiday

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (2017)

This ceremony has been held each year since 1947 at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb that devastated the city in 1945. On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. The peace ceremony is held in the evening, when the city's citizens set thousands of lanterns adrift on the Ota River and prayers are offered for world peace. Memorial services are also held throughout the world. More...
In the News

Moo-ve Over Cows, There's a New Burger in Town

The reviews are in, and it seems the world's first almost-cowless beef burger leaves a lot to be desired. On Monday, two food writers had the unique opportunity to taste the first hamburger ever made from lab-grown meat. Their reviews were less than stellar. One described the patty as having an "animal protein cake" quality, and even the scientist behind the project acknowledged that the meat's flavor needs improvement. Still, for something grown in a laboratory from cattle stem cells, it was not a bad first attempt. More...
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