Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

mercurial

Definition:(adjective) Quick and changeable in temperament.
Synonyms:quicksilver, erratic, fickle, volatile
Usage: Her mercurial nature made it difficult to gauge how she would react.
Article of the Day

Teddy Bears

The teddy bear is a traditional stuffed toy bear for children. One legend has it that the name originates from an incident involving Theodore Roosevelt, whose attendants found and caught an old injured bear during a hunting trip. "Teddy" refused to kill the animal, however, calling it "unsportsmanlike." "Teddy's Bear" was immediately publicized by political cartoonists, and its stuffed animal form began selling in stores shortly thereafter. Where is the world's first teddy bear museum located? More...
This Day in History

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as President of France (1969)

A celebrated general and statesman, de Gaulle was elected first president of France's Fifth Republic—a system of government with broad executive powers—in 1959. He helped write the constitution and pushed for direct popular election of the president. The mass civil unrest of May 1968 by students and workers almost toppled his government, and in 1969 de Gaulle was defeated in a referendum on constitutional amendments and resigned. He died just a year later. Whom did he bar from his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelle Harper Lee (1926)

The daughter of an Alabama lawyer, Lee studied law before publishing her first novel in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a white lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, immediately found national acclaim. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was adapted for film the next year, but Lee largely stayed out of the spotlight. What did she once write in response to a school board's decision to ban her novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Today's Holiday

Hocktide (2020)

Also known as Hock Days, the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter in England were in medieval times—and in Hungerford, Berkshire, till the present day—associated with collecting dues or rents and money for the church. Two "Tutti men" in top hats and morning coats (a "tutti" being a small bouquet of flowers) go from house to house carrying a "tutti pole" decorated with flowers and ribbons. There is also an orange scatterer who throws oranges to the men, old women, and children to keep them busy while the Tutti men go to houses demanding money. More...
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