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Quote of the day

  • Louisa May Alcott
    My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. Discuss

Word of the Day

  • solitudinarian
    Definition: (noun) One leading a solitary or secluded life.
    Synonyms: recluse, troglodyte, hermit.
    Usage: Peter, a self-proclaimed solitudinarian, lives in a cabin deep in the woods, miles from his closest neighbor.

This Day in History

  • Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)
    Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster's hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? Discuss