Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

empennage

Definition:(noun) The rear part of an aircraft.
Synonyms:tail
Usage: The pop superstar is so vain that she had her likeness plastered across her private jet's empennage.
Article of the Day

Limerence

In 1977, psychologist Dorothy Tennov coined the term "limerence" to explain the cognitive and emotional state of being involuntarily infatuated or obsessed with another person. Though sometimes conflated with a "crush," limerence is much more intense. A limerent person is consumed with thoughts of the object of his or her affection, is intensely fearful of rejection, and swings between extreme joy and despair depending on whether feelings are reciprocated. How long can a limerent reaction last? More...
This Day in History

The Malbone Street Wreck (1918)

One of the deadliest train crashes in US history took place during a strike of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, some of whose members operated elevated trains for the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT). To keep service running, the BRT brought in inexperienced motormen to replace the striking workers. That evening, a five-car train derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel after negotiating a curve too quickly, killing 93. How many hours of training had the train's operator received? More...
Today's Birthday

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887)

Lowry was an English painter noted for his bleak northern industrial scenes, often featuring primitive figures that he called "matchstick men." He also appears to hold the record for the most honors declined. He twice declined appointment to the Order of the British Empire—as an officer in 1955 and as a commander in 1961—and turned down a knighthood in 1968 and appointments to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1972 and 1976. Which of his controversial works were exhibited after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared ... You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have the courage of (one's) convictions

To have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. More...
Today's Holiday

Samhain (2016)

This ancient Celtic harvest festival was celebrated at the beginning of winter. According to Celtic folklore, this was the day when the souls of the dead and other supernatural entities gathered and would have access to the human realm—thus giving rise to the fears about ghosts and goblins that we now associate with Halloween, or Samhain Eve. More...
In the News

Nurses Could Provide Health Anxiety Intervention

Mental health workers have had success treating health anxiety with cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing dysfunctional attitudes into more realistic and positive ones and providing new information-processing skills, and new research suggests that nurses and other medical clinic staff trained in this approach can also help patients who present with this form of anxiety. Since people with health anxiety are inclined to seek out medical rather than mental health care, training nurses and other medical staff to recognize and treat such patients could increase the chances that a patient will address his or her underlying mental disorder. More...
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