Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 10, 2021)
Word of the Day

contrarious

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to deal with.
Synonyms:cross-grained
Usage: I do not know how people tolerate teenage girls; they are the most contrarious creatures ever to walk the Earth!
Article of the Day

Grimoires

A grimoire is an instruction manual for performing magic. Such books have been written by members of various cultures throughout history, and copies of prominent, ancient grimoires are still in circulation. Frequently, grimoires are attributed to earlier or more notable authors than likely wrote them. Famous grimoires include the Key of Solomon, the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, and the fictional Necronomicon, which was created as a plot device by what horror author? More...
This Day in History

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Opens on Broadway (1949)

Considered Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman won a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play award in its first year. An unconventional tragedy, it tells the story of the last day of the life of Willy Loman, a failed salesman betrayed by his own hollow values. The play follows Loman's stream of consciousness. As he talks to people from his past, those from his present wonder if he is unraveling. What is the play's final line? More...
Today's Birthday

Leontyne Price (1927)

When she was a young girl in Mississippi, Price was given a toy piano by her parents. Her passion for music was further inflamed by a Marian Anderson performance she saw as a child. She later enrolled in Juilliard and, with her remarkable vocal range and power, went on to become one of the Metropolitan Opera's most popular stars and the first internationally recognized African-American opera singer. What unusual fee did the soprano reportedly request for a 1981 appearance with Luciano Pavarotti? More...
Quotation of the Day
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck (2021)

This feast is a commemoration in Malta of the shipwreck of St. Paul on the island in 60 CE, an event told about in the New Testament. When storms drove the ship aground, Paul was welcomed by the "barbarous people" (meaning they were not Greco-Romans). According to legend, he got their attention when a snake bit him on the hand but did him no harm, and he then healed people of diseases. Paul is the patron saint of Malta and snakebite victims. The day is a public holiday, and is observed with family gatherings and religious ceremonies and processions. More...
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