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Quote of the Day

  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
    You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight ... You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart. Discuss
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    Pleasures are more beneficial than duties, because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Whipping and abuse are like laudanum; you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.

Word of the Day

  • pilothouse
    Definition: (noun) An enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated. Synonyms: wheelhouse. Usage: Alone in the pilothouse, Captain Anderson enjoyed the tranquil expanse of ocean before him as he silently steered the ship. Discuss
  • brouhaha
    Definition: (noun) Loud confused noise from many sources. Synonyms: hubbub, katzenjammer, uproar. Usage: The judge tried in vain to silence the spectators and end the brouhaha in his courtroom.
  • taproom
    Definition: (noun) A room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter. Synonyms: bar, ginmill, saloon. Usage: I go to a local taproom after work every Friday and unwind over a pint.

Today’s Birthday

  • Jennifer Marie Capriati (1976)
    Capriati's family moved to Florida when she was four years old so she could pursue a tennis career, and by 1990, the 14-year-old had earned over $6 million in endorsements. She became the youngest women's tennis player to win a match at Wimbledon, to reach the semifinals in a Grand Slam event, and to rank in the top ten players. Personal problems—including an arrest—sidelined her as a teen, but she made a successful comeback in her 20s before injuries ended her career. What was she arrested for? Discuss
  • Freddie Bartholomew (1924)
    Abandoned by his parents as a baby and raised by a British aunt whose last name he took, Bartholomew was a successful child actor in Hollywood during the 1930s. He appeared in such films as David Copperfield, which propelled him to fame at the age of 10; Little Lord Fauntleroy; and Captains Courageous. After he became successful, his biological parents launched a protracted and expensive court battle to regain custody of the child star. Were they successful?
  • Nathaniel Currier (1813)
    Before photojournalism rendered illustrations of the news obsolete, Currier printed more than 7,000 lithographs—prints made using a stone block etched with grease to reproduce drawings—that greatly increased the public demand for graphic images. With his partner James Ives, he established outlets across the country, selling high-quality prints of disasters, landscapes, satirical subjects, and domestic scenes. Ives was neither a lithographer nor an artist, so why did Currier make him his partner?

Article of the Day   (article source)

  • Ovid's
    Completed in 8 CE, Metamorphoses is a 15-book narrative poem that describes the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar. A collection of myths and legends in which transformation plays a role, it relates the stories of Daphne, a nymph who metamorphosed into a laurel tree to escape from Apollo, and Arachne, who was turned into a spider for challenging the goddess Athena to a weaving contest. What other transformations are detailed in Metamorphoses? Discuss
  • Thomas Dunn English
    Though he was an accomplished writer and politician, English is best known for his bitter feud with Edgar Allen Poe that turned physical at least once. They had once been friends, but in the early 1840s, their relationship deteriorated. Each began to publish thinly-veiled, mocking satires of the other. Poe included references to English in the revenge tale, The Cask of Amontillado, and English ridiculed Poe as a drunk. Eventually, Poe sued for libel and won. What led to their falling out?
  • Lost-Wax Casting
    The lost-wax method of casting metal sculptures was developed thousands of years ago and is still used by metalworkers today. In this labor-intensive process, a clay or plaster model is coated with wax and then covered with a perforated plaster or clay mold. When the cast dries, the wax is melted and drained and replaced with molten metal. Archeological evidence suggests that metalworkers in India and Mesopotamia were using this method as early as 3500 BCE to make what sorts of objects?

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