Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

pilothouse

Definition:(noun) An enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated.
Synonyms:wheelhouse
Usage: Alone in the pilothouse, Captain Anderson enjoyed the tranquil expanse of ocean before him as he silently steered the ship.
Article of the Day

Leda and the Swan

The unusual and memorable tale of Leda and the Swan has been represented in countless literary and artistic works throughout the ages. According to Greek mythology, Zeus—the chief god of the ancient Greek pantheon—came to the beautiful, mortal Leda in the form of a swan and either raped or seduced her. Leda then laid two eggs, and a set of twins hatched from each egg—one set fathered by her husband, and the other fathered by Zeus. One of the children was Helen of Troy. Who were the other three? More...
This Day in History

First African American wins Academy Award (1940)

Hattie McDaniel was an African-American singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She appeared in over 300 films and is best known for her role as Mammy in the iconic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, a performance that earned her the first Academy Award ever presented to an African American. McDaniel's Oscar was later lost. What are some theories about what became of it? More...
Today's Birthday

Dinah Shore (1916)

Shore was an American singer, actress, and TV personality who enjoyed widespread popularity during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 50s. She was the first singer of the era to achieve success as a solo artist, producing over 80 hit songs, including "Baby It's Cold Outside," before beginning a four-decade career in television. Shore was a hit with TV audiences as well and went on to earn nine Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe. How did Shore, born Frances Rose, earn the stage name Dinah? More...
Quotation of the Day
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

arm candy

An especially attractive person who acts as a romantic escort or date to social events, but who is not romantically attached to or involved with the person he or she is accompanying. More...
Today's Holiday

Leap Year Day

The Earth actually takes longer than 365 days to complete its trip around the Sun—five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds longer, to be precise. To accommodate this discrepancy, an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar at the end of February every four years. The year in which this occurs is called Leap Year, probably because the English courts did not always recognize February 29, and the date was often "leaped over" in the records. There was an old tradition that women could propose marriage to men during Leap Year. The men had to pay a forfeit if they refused. More...
In the News

Bullying Has Long-Lasting Psychological Repercussions

It is well known that the psychological effects of bullying can persist for years, but just how long may surprise you. A recent study found that people who experienced bullying between the ages of nine and 16 were at higher risk for a range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, and panic disorder, well into their 20s. Most affected were bully-victims, persons who had been victimized by bullies and who had themselves bullied others. Researchers say these long-term consequences highlight the serious nature of bullying and the importance of finding ways to prevent it. More...
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