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January 25

Word of the Day
Definition: (noun) One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; an idler or a loafer.
Synonyms: prodigal, profligate
Usage: Despite their best efforts to teach him responsibility, their son had grown up to be a wastrel who was always asking them to pay off his debts.

This Day in History
Nellie Bly Goes Around the World (1890)
Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly, was a pioneer investigative reporter who allowed herself to be committed to the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island in order to expose the horrific treatment to which patients were subjected. In 1888, she embarked on a 24,899-mile journey around the world inspired by the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. How long did the trip take her? More...

Today's Birthday
Virginia Woolf (1882)
Born in 1882, Virginia Woolf is viewed as one of the most important female writers of the 20th century. Foremost in the Bloomsbury Group of writers, she explored issues such as feminism, sexuality, warfare, and class struggle. Her novels include Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob's Room, and To the Lighthouse. Following a decline after WWII, Woolf's reputation was re-established in the 1970s in the wake of Feminist criticism, when her works inspired a series of ideological debates. More...

Quotation of the Day
It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
Honore de Balzac