Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

wirework

Definition:(noun) Mesh netting made of wires.
Synonyms:grillwork
Usage: His white mice live in a little pagoda of gaily-painted wirework, designed and made by himself.
Article of the Day

A Fish Out of Water

Found in coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, mudskippers are fish adapted for remaining on dry land when the tide goes out on the mud flats and brackish mangrove swamps where they live. While mudskippers have no special air-breathing organs, they are able to absorb oxygen through the skin and gill chambers as long as these remain moist. When out of water, they use the fleshy bases of their pectoral fins for propulsion on the ground. What other adaptations do mudskippers have? More...
This Day in History

US Federal Judge Rules James Joyce's Ulysses Not Obscene (1933)

For more than a decade after its debut, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, was banned in the US. A literary magazine had attempted to publish it in serial form, but the series was cut short after the publishers ran a rather suggestive passage and were convicted of obscenity. When the implicit ban on the book was finally challenged in 1933, Judge John M. Woolsey praised the work for its literary merits and ruled that it was not obscene. How did a publisher force the issue to court? More...
Today's Birthday

Joyce Kilmer (1886)

Kilmer was a prolific poet who celebrated nature and faith in short, sentimental verse. His works, now mostly forgotten, have been dismissed by modern scholars as overly simplistic. Today, his reputation largely rests on the wide popularity of a single 1913 poem, "Trees," which begins, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree." Many specific trees have been proposed as Kilmer's inspiration, and the remains of one now-dead candidate were placed in storage by what institution? More...
Quotation of the Day
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Today's Holiday

Finland Independence Day (2020)

The Finnish people lived under Russian control beginning in 1809. The Finnish nationalist movement grew in the 1800s, and when the Bolsheviks took over Russia on November 7, 1917, the Finns saw a time to declare their independence. They did so on December 6 of that same year. This day is a national holiday celebrated with military parades in Helsinki and performances at the National Theater. It is traditionally a solemn occasion that begins with a parade of students carrying torches and one flag for each year of independence. More...
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