Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

overshadow

Definition:(verb) To render insignificant or less important in comparison.
Synonyms:eclipse, dominate
Usage: They were warlike little nations and defied, in those days, governments that overshadow them now as mountains overshadow molehills.
Article of the Day

Hysteria

The term hysteria has been in use for millennia, but its meaning has changed dramatically over the years. While mental health experts have largely abandoned the designation of hysteria in favor of more modern diagnoses like conversion disorder, somatization disorder, and histrionic personality disorder, hysteria was once used as a catch-all diagnosis for women exhibiting a variety of symptoms attributed to uterine disturbances. Hippocratic texts advocated what cure for female hysteria? More...
This Day in History

Theodore Roosevelt Shot in the Chest While Campaigning (1912)

During a bid for the presidency in 1912, Roosevelt was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. The bullet lodged in his chest after penetrating a steel eyeglass case and a folded copy of the 50-page speech he was carrying in his jacket, but he refused to go to the hospital until after he had delivered his scheduled speech. Doctors deemed it too dangerous to remove the bullet, and it remained in Roosevelt's chest for the rest of his life. What did Roosevelt say about the shooting during his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890)

Eisenhower was the 34th president of the US. During WWII, he successfully commanded US forces in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. He was then appointed supreme commander of Allied forces and planned the Normandy Campaign and the war in Europe until the German surrender. After the war, both Democrats and Republicans courted him as a presidential candidate. He was elected as a Republican in landslide elections in 1952 and 1956. What famous warning did he issue in his final presidential address? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) in (one's) hands

To have under one's control, charge, or care; to have responsibility for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Kenka Matsuri (2016)

The Kenka Matsuri (Roughhouse Festival) takes place October 14-15 in Shirahama, Japan, and thousands flock to the shrine where the festival is held. The roughhousing starts as teams of mikoshi-bearers jostle each other for position in the procession to the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. Once they reach the shrine, they spin their heavy burden, raise it up high in the air, and let it crash to the ground—difficult maneuvers designed to thrill the crowd. The mikoshi engage in a final battle in an open field, where thousands of cheering spectators take sides and egg them on. More...
In the News

The Dog Ate My Homework

What is the craziest excuse you have ever come up with for skipping a day at the office? Perhaps these outlandish excuses for missing work, collected in a survey by employment website CareerBuilder.com, will get your creative juices flowing: My dog is having a nervous breakdown; my toe is stuck in a faucet; I forgot you hired me for this position; and, lastly, I saw The Hunger Games, and it upset me too much to come in today. About 30 percent of employee respondents admitted to calling in sick to work on days that they were healthy, a risky practice given the fact that 29 percent of employers said they had checked up on employees who claimed to be sick. More...
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