Whilst electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture and experience of reading a paperback classic.
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Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) An agent that causes vomiting.|
|Synonyms:||nauseant, vomitive, vomit|
|Usage:||She was highly allergic to dairy products; pizza gave her a stomachache, and ice cream was a virtual emetic.|
Idiom of the Day
— To listen very closely, intently, or with obsequious attention to what someone is saying.
Emily Brontë (1818)
Sister of writers Charlotte and Anne Brontë, Emily Brontë was an English author who is most famous for her novel Wuthering Heights, a highly imaginative story of passion and hatred set on the Yorkshire moors. Emily's unusual character and intellect seem to have been unrecognized by her family until quite late in her short life—she died at 30 of tuberculosis—but Charlotte was astonished by her poetry and regarded her work as unparalleled.
Ernest Hemingway (1899)
Author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Ill. His stark and straightforward prose became a hallmark of his literary style and eventually earned him the Nobel Prize for literature. Throughout his career, he became well known for his turbulent private life and accompanying hard-boiled persona as well.
Hemingway was born the second of six children to Clarence and Grace Hall Hemingway, a doctor and musician, respectively. He grew up hunting and fishing, and continued to enjoy these activities into his later years. He worked as a reporter in Kansas City, Mo., after high school and before enlisting as a volunteer ambulance driver in World War I. While serving in Italy, he received a wound from mortar fire and needed several months to recuperate. Following this period of convalescence, he joined a group of expatriate artists and writers living and working in Paris, and shortly thereafter published his first collection of short stories and a highly acclaimed first novel, The Sun Also Rises, which may have been loosely based on his experiences as an expat.
In 1929, Hemingway took up residence in Key West, Fla., and published A Farewell to Arms that year, which told the story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front during World War I. Hemingway went on to publish numerous works of fiction and nonfiction alike, and continued to travel the world in search of stories. His famous work, For Whom the Bell Tolls, made its debut in 1940, after which Hemingway worked as a World War II correspondent in Europe. The last of Hemingway's works to be published before he ended his own life in 1961 was The Old Man and the Sea (published 1952), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.
In 1906, a bologna maker named T. J. Minnie set up his shop in Yale, Michigan. Over the next several decades, a number of other bologna makers settled in Yale, but today only one remains: C. Roy Inc., which produces Yale Bologna. The annual Bologna Festival, established in 1989, is designed to attract true bologna lovers with its booths serving bologna rings, bologna hot dogs, bologna andsauerkraut, and fried bologna sandwiches. A King and Queen Bologna are crowned, and they ride through town on the C. Roy float in the Big Bologna Parade wearing crowns made out of bologna rings.
Astronauts Are Diving Deep under the Ocean to Prepare for Life in SpaceSome 62 feet under the seas of the Florida Keys, a band of astronauts — nay, aquanauts — are busy preparing themselves for life in space by living the life aquatic
1792 - The French national anthem "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris.
1898 - "Scientific American" carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH.
1932 - Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
1942 - The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women's Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
1954 - Elvis Presley made his professional debut in Memphis. It was his first concert to be advertised.
1965 - U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.
2003 - In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line.
Almond Blossoms is an 1890 painting by Vincent van Gogh of blossoming almond trees made to celebrate the birth of his nephew and namesake, son of his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo. It is part of a series of similar paintings completed in Arles and Saint-Rémy, southern France. The works reflect impressionist, divisionist and Japanese woodcut influences
Pushed for Time
Photograph by Nader Saadallah, National Geographic
“One of the best places [to photograph] in Cairo, Egypt, is the camels market,” writes Nader Saadallah. “At this moment, the camels’ keepers and sellers [are] trying to push the camel into their vehicle to send it to the local market to be slaughtered to be ready for customers.”
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