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

World's Oldest Surviving Film Shot (1888)

Roundhay Garden Scene is an 1888 short film directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince, who is widely recognized as the world's first filmmaker. Recorded at 12 frames per second, it is the earliest surviving film, predating efforts by Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers. However, Le Prince was never able to capitalize on his innovation—he disappeared in 1890 while on his way to publicly exhibit the film. How long are the existing copies of the film? More...
Today's Birthday

Mobutu Sese Seko (1930)

Mobutu was the president of Zaïre—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo—from 1965 to 1997. His repressive regime resulted in corruption and poverty, while he amassed one of the largest personal fortunes in the world. He was overthrown in 1997 and died in exile in Morocco. As part of his policies, he required Africanization of all European names, changing the Congo's name to Zaïre and his own name, Joseph Désiré Mobutu, to Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga, which means what? 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)

Today's Holiday

Frankfurt Book Fair (2015)

The world's largest annual trade show for the book publishing industry, held annually for five days in Frankfurt, Germany, attracts exhibitors from about 110 countries and is attended by more than 250,000 people. Trade fairs have been a tradition in Frankfurt for at least 800 years, and book fairs were held in the 16th century, when the city had become the center of German publishing. The book fair had been chiefly an event for German publishers before 1939, but it grew in a few years to be the world's preeminent book fair. In its present form, the fair is officially dated to 1949. 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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