Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

titivate

Definition:(verb) Make neat, smart, or trim.
Synonyms:slick up, spiff up, spruce
Usage: I hope that my plan to titivate the restaurant will help draw more customers to our establishment when we reopen next month.
Article of the Day

Diegesis

Writing teachers often begin with one simple instruction: "Show, don't tell." Plato and Aristotle explored the same concept, but used the terms "diegesis"—which equates to telling—and "mimesis," a form of showing. In diegetic texts, the narrator explicitly relays action to the reader, while mimetic texts draw the reader into the characters' world. Diegesis functions differently in films. The world that characters explore is considered diegetic. What aspects of films are deemed non-diegetic? More...
This Day in History

William Tell Shoots an Apple Off His Son's Head (1307)

Tell is a famous Swiss folk hero who is remembered in a 15th-century chronicle as an expert marksman who assassinated a tyrannical Austrian governor. According to the legend, the governor of Tell's Swiss canton hung his hat on a stake and ordered all the townsfolk to bow to it whenever they passed. When Tell refused, he was ordered to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow as punishment. He succeeded and later escaped imprisonment to kill the governor—an event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832)

Nordenskiöld was a Finnish-born Swedish geologist, mineralogist, geographer, and explorer who wrote several valuable books on geography, cartography, and travel. In 1858, he settled in Stockholm and became professor and curator of mineralogy at the Swedish State Museum. He led several expeditions to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen between 1864 and 1873 and later became the first to sail from Norway to Alaska through the Northeast Passage. He was also the first to break through what ice barrier? More...
Quotation of the Day
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish ... Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a golden hello

A sum of money paid to a new employee as a benefit for being recruited by a company. More...
Today's Holiday

Haiti Battle of Vertières' Day (2016)

This official public holiday memorializes the last battle for Haitian independence on November 18, 1803, in which Haitian rebels defeated the French colonialists. The victory at Vertières, near the present-day port city of Cap-Haïtien, signified the end of a long freedom struggle that stretched out over two major phases. Less than two months after the battle, Haiti became the first black independent republic. More...
In the News

Depression Is Aging

Depression's effects are not just in our heads; they extend to the basic building blocks of our beings: our cells and DNA. People who are or who have been severely depressed actually appear older under a microscope. As part of the natural aging process, telomeres—sections of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes—become shortened. However, this process appears to accelerate in people who battle depression. Their cells exhibit a greater degree of shortening than those of people who have never been depressed. More...
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