Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 26, 2014)
Word of the Day

resolute

Definition:(adjective) Firm in purpose or belief; steadfast.
Synonyms:determined, stalwart, staunch, persevering
Usage: I am resolute in my opposition to these proposals, so don't bother trying to sway me.
Article of the Day

Green Lakes State Park

Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York, is home to two unusual lakes. Green Lake and Round Lake are meromictic, meaning that unlike most lakes, their deep and shallow waters do not mix. The absence of mixing produces relatively undisturbed layers of sediment—a scientific boon—and creates gorgeous blue-green waters. Along with its eponymous lakes, the park is known for its 18-hole public golf course, which opened at the height of the Great Depression. How was the course's designer paid? More...
This Day in History

Steamship RMS Queen Mary Is Launched (1934)

Construction on the Queen Mary ocean liner began in Scotland in 1930. In 1934, British King George V's consort, Queen Mary, christened the ship in her own name. Operated by the Cunard Line, the glamorous luxury ship carried passengers between New York and England for decades—except during World War II, when it was painted grey and converted to carry troops. In the 1960s, air travel rendered transatlantic passenger ships obsolete, and the Queen Mary was retired. Where is it now? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Stearns "T. S." Eliot (1888)

Eliot was an American-British poet and critic and an immensely distinguished literary figure who, from the 1920s on, was the most influential English-language modernist poet. His early poems, such as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," express the anguish and barrenness of modern life and the isolation of the individual. In his later poetry, he turned from spiritual desolation to hope for human salvation. What book by Eliot is the basis for the musical Cats? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

l'esprit de l'escalier

A French phrase meaning "the wit of the staircase"; a perfect witty remark, retort, or rejoinder that occurs to one after the fact or too late to be used. (Also written as "l'esprit d'escalier.") More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Johnny Appleseed (2017)

John Chapman—better known as Johnny Appleseed for his lifelong dedication to planting apple seedlings all over the American Midwest—was born on this day in 1774. While some frontier settlers thought he was a saint, or at the very least a religious fanatic, with his tin pot hat and coffee-sack tunic, the Native Americans regarded him as a great medicine man since he planted herbs as well as apples. More...
In the News

Blood Donations from Gay Men Could Save Millions of Lives in US

Since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV was being transmitted via blood transfusions, gay men have been barred from donating blood in the US. In the decades since, great strides have been made in the testing and detection of HIV, yet the blanket ban is still in place. There have been repeated calls for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift this ban, even by the American Medical Association, which has called the policy "discriminatory and not based on sound science." Were the FDA to lift the ban, the additional blood subsequently collected could help save an estimated 1.8 million lives every year. More...
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