Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

unreasoning

Definition:(adjective) Not based on reason or evidence.
Synonyms:blind
Usage: After the funeral, when he saw her preparing to go away, he was seized with an unreasoning dread of being left alone on the farm; and before he knew what he was doing he had asked her to stay there with him.
Article of the Day

The Suda

The Suda is a Greek lexicon-encyclopedia that includes texts from classical Greek works and commentaries. Compiled in the 10th century during the Byzantine Empire, it contains approximately 30,000 entries. Although it is mostly derived from late and corrupt sources, it preserves much information about Greek literature that would otherwise be lost. Instead of using a purely alphabetical system, the lexicon’s compiler arranged its entries using what organizational structure? More...
This Day in History

Seabiscuit Defeats War Admiral in the "Match of the Century" (1938)

Seabiscuit was a famous thoroughbred racehorse. As a colt, he was undersized, knobby kneed, and given to sleeping and eating. He failed to win any of his first races and became the butt of stable jokes. In the midst of the Great Depression, however, he began to win a number of prestigious and unlikely races, becoming a symbol of hope to many Americans. Then, in a race dubbed the "Match of the Century," he met War Admiral, who had won the elusive Triple Crown, and defeated him by what margin? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Crane (1871)

Often classified as the first modern American writer, Crane was among the first to introduce realism into American literature. He achieved international fame with his masterwork, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts the psychological turmoil of a young Civil War soldier. While traveling as a war correspondent, Crane survived a shipwreck and ended up adrift in a dinghy. This ordeal inspired him to write the acclaimed story "The Open Boat." What took his life when he was just 28? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

National Author's Day (2015)

The idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors came from Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement (Illinois) Women's Club in 1928. In 1949, the day was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sue Cole, McPherson's granddaughter, was largely responsible for promoting the observation of National Author's Day after her grandmother's death in 1968. She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on this day to "brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer." More...
In the News

Happiness Linked to Longer Life

A new study suggests that happy people live longer. Researchers found that adults in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s were up to 35% less likely to die during a five-year study period if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day. While the findings do not prove that happiness leads to a longer life, they add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that positive emotions benefit health and highlight the value of promoting people's emotional well-being. More...
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