Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 1, 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

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
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)

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

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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