Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

sufferable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being borne though unpleasant.
Synonyms:bearable, endurable, supportable
Usage: He winced as he felt the bump on his head, but he decided that as long as the pain was sufferable he would attend the dance.
Article of the Day

Fernando Pessoa

Pessoa was a Portuguese poet and literary critic famous for having written under more than 70 different names. Four of these—his own, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Álvaro de Campos—are well known. Each of his personas, or "heteronyms," has a putative biography and a distinct poetic voice. Many of his heteronyms had relationships with each other. Only after his death at age 47 did the rich world of his poetry become known. How old was he when he created his first heteronym? More...
This Day in History

Founding of the Illuminati (1776)

The Illuminati were members of a rationalistic society founded in Germany by Adam Weishaupt. Having close affinities with the Freemasons and seemingly organized on a Masonic plan, the group was briefly very popular among German rationalists but had limited influence. The Roman Catholic Church, which Weishaupt left in his youth and rejoined before his death, condemned the Illuminati. In 1785, the Bavarian government dissolved the organization. What conspiracy theories involve the Illuminati? More...
Today's Birthday

Calamity Jane (1852)

Born Martha Jane Canary, Calamity Jane was a legendary American frontierswoman. She grew up in Montana and worked in mining camps, where she acquired riding and shooting skills. In 1876, she appeared in Deadwood, South Dakota, the site of new gold strikes, boasting of her marksmanship and her exploits as a pony-express rider and as a scout with Custer's forces. It was there that she likely met Wild Bill Hickok, who would become her companion. How did Jane claim to have acquired her nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
He would always feel for her that impersonal admiration which is inspired by anything very large, like the Empire State Building or the Grand Canyon of Arizona.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

don't get me started

An exclamation of weariness or despair regarding a topic that has just been introduced and about which the speaker feels very strongly and (usually) has a negative opinion of. More...
Today's Holiday

Vappu (2016)

Vappu is a national holiday and celebration of the coming of spring in Finland. This traditional festival is also Labor Day, and factories that are said to "never close" do close on May 1 (and Christmas Day). For students, the "anything goes" celebration begins at midnight on the eve of May Day, called Vapunaatto, when they wear white student caps and indulge in anything not indecent or criminal. There are balloons, streamers, horns, and masks everywhere, and few get much sleep. On May Day itself, the students lead processions through the streets of Helsinki, and then enjoy carnivals and concerts. More...
In the News

Being Bullied Linked to Later Self Harm

Being bullied may increase a child's risk of engaging in self-harming behaviors upon reaching adolescence and could lead to psychological issues that persist into adulthood. A recent study found that children who had been victimized by bullies early on were more likely to self harm by the age of 12, particularly if they suffered from mental health issues. Self-harming behaviors exhibited by children in the study included cutting, biting, tearing out patches of hair, and attempting suicide. The findings reinforce the notion that bullying can have lasting consequences and highlight the importance of helping kids cope with the emotional distress it causes. More...
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