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Quote of the Day

  • Louisa May Alcott
    My father taught in the wise way which unfolds what lies in the child's nature, as a flower blooms, rather than crammed it, like a Strasbourg goose, with more than it could digest. Discuss
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    In many ways doth the full heart revealThe presence of the love it would conceal.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    The knight's bones are dust,And his good sword rust;His soul is with the saints, I trust.

Word of the Day

  • inaugural
    Definition: (adjective) Serving to set in motion. Synonyms: initiative, initiatory, maiden, first. Usage: The magazine's inaugural issue sold out in a matter of days, prompting the owners to publish the second issue in larger numbers. Discuss
  • eloquence
    Definition: (noun) Powerful and effective language. Synonyms: fluency, smoothness. Usage: The preacher's eloquence attracted a large congregation.
  • emanation
    Definition: (noun) Something that issues from a source. Synonyms: emission. Usage: The sulphuretted hydrogen emanations, which Captain Burton mentions, could be distinctly smelt.

Today’s Birthday

  • Abner Doubleday (1819)
    Doubleday was a US Army officer who distinguished himself in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter and saw action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He also served in the Mexican and Seminole Wars. He retired from the army in 1873 and wrote many articles, including two accounts of his war experiences, drawing on his 67 volumes of diaries. For years, accounts persisted that he invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Did he? Discuss
  • Robert Henri (1865)
    Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity. What exhibition did he organize in New York in 1908 that became a sensation?
  • Saint John of the Cross (1542)
    Saint John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic, poet, and monastic reformer. A Carmelite monk, he was ordained a priest in 1567. The following year, he joined St. Teresa of Ávila in her effort to restore the Carmelites to their original austerity, cofounding the Discalced Carmelite order. He opened the first Discalced Carmelite monastery in 1569 and was imprisoned in 1577 for causing friction within the order. He escaped and later won high office in the order. What did he write while in prison?

Article of the Day   (article source)

  • The Pilates Method
    Often simply called Pilates, the Pilates Method is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who believed that mental and physical health are essential to one another. Pilates developed the method during WWI to help hospitalized veterans condition their bodies by strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing key muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles, spinal alignment, and breathing technique. What did Pilates originally call his method? Discuss
  • Freeganism
    Freeganism is an anti-consumerism lifestyle that grew out of the anti-globalization and environmentalist movements. Freegans, whose name is a combination of the words "free" and "vegan," embrace alternative strategies for living that oppose those of a society they believe is marked by materialism, greed, and waste. They often salvage unspoiled food discarded by supermarkets to limit their participation in the capitalist system. Some freegans consume non-vegan food as long as it is what?
  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition
    Automatic number plate recognition, or ANPR, is a mass surveillance method that utilizes optical character recognition to "read" vehicle license plates in images taken by designated cameras. Used by law enforcement and for electronic toll collection, ANPR systems can store images, license plate text, and, sometimes, photographs of drivers, leading to public concerns about government tracking and misidentification. Modern ANPR systems are capable of scanning plates on cars traveling how fast?

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