Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 20, 2014)
Word of the Day

involution

Definition:(noun) The act of involving or complicating or the state of being involved or complicated.
Synonyms:intricacy, elaboration
Usage: The tale itself is a mere sketch, with no involution of plot, nor any great interest of events.
Article of the Day

The Merman

The male counterpart of the mermaid, the merman is a legendary creature that is human from the waist up but fish-like from the waist down. The most well-known merman is likely Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite in Greek mythology. Triton lived in a golden palace in the ocean's depths and controlled the waves with a conch shell. Mermen are now a pop culture staple—with Triton famously appearing in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Where can you see a supposedly "real" merman on display? More...
This Day in History

Edward VIII Becomes King (1936)

Edward VIII became king of Great Britain and Ireland upon the death of his father, George V, in 1936. He enjoyed immense popularity until the announcement of his intention to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American in the midst of divorcing her second husband. The government opposed the marriage, and the two sides clashed until Edward executed a deed of abdication, ending a 325-day reign as the first English monarch to relinquish his throne voluntarily. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

George Burns (1896)

Often remembered as a cigar-puffing nightclub entertainer who continued performing into his late 90s, Burns began his career by forming a comedy team in 1925 with Gracie Allen, whom he married a year later. They performed on radio and television, usually with Allen playing a scatterbrained wife and Burns in the role of an infinitely patient husband. Burns continued to perform after his wife's retirement, winning an Academy Award and becoming well-known for his recurring film role as what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

devil in disguise

Something or someone that appears to be good, useful, or benevolent, but that in reality proves to be the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agnes's Eve

The eve of St. Agnes's Day has long been associated with superstitions about how young girls might discover the identity of their future husbands. According to one such belief, a girl who went to bed without any supper on this night would dream of the man she was to marry. John Keats used this legend as the basis for his well-known poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes," in which a maiden dreams of her lover and wakes to find him at her bedside. St. Agnes was martyred because she had consecrated herself to Christ and refused to marry. She was later named the patron saint of young virgins. More...
In the News

Brain Training Wards Off Age-Related Cognitive Decline

As people age, certain cognitive abilities decline. However, there are things that can be done to delay and minimize these losses. Older adults who participated in 10 to 12 60- to 75-minute brain training sessions saw improvements in memory, reasoning skills, and processing speed that persisted for years after. The memory gains began to taper off after the 5-year mark, while reasoning ability and processing speed benefits could still be detected 10 years later. More...
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