Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

egregious

Definition:(adjective) Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.
Synonyms:flagrant, glaring, crying, rank, gross
Usage: His account of that night was full of egregious lies, and I was astonished that anyone could believe his testimony.
Article of the Day

Poets Laureate

Poets laureate are officially appointed by governments, often for the purpose of composing poems for events of national importance or raising awareness of literary arts. The term "laureate" comes from the Greek tradition of bestowing a laurel wreath upon heroes. Many countries have poets laureate, but the role originated in England, where Ben Jonson was most likely the first poet laureate in 1617. The post did not become a regular institution until 1670 with the appointment of what famous poet? More...
This Day in History

Conquistador Francisco Pizarro Killed (1541)

After multiple expeditions in the New World, Pizarro set sail for Peru in 1531 with 180 men. His men soon slaughtered the unarmed emissaries of the Inca emperor, Atahuallpa, and took him hostage. After accepting a rich ransom for Atahuallpa's release, Pizarro had him garroted and spent the rest of his life consolidating Spain's hold on the Inca empire in Peru. In 1535, he founded Lima, where he was killed by fellow Spaniards he had betrayed. What became of Pizarro's remains? More...
Today's Birthday

Violette Szabo (1921)

Szabo was a British secret agent during WWII. After her husband died in the war, Szabo, who was fluent in French, offered her services to the British Special Operations Executive. After intensive training, she parachuted into German-occupied France to reorganize a French resistance network. On her second mission, she was captured by the Nazis. She endured interrogation and torture before being transferred to a concentration camp, where she was later executed. How old was Szabo when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there is one person I do despise more than another, it is the man who does not think exactly the same on all topics as I do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

go out with the girls

To go and socialize somewhere with a group of exclusively female friends. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Martha's Day (Fête de la Tarasque)

Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, is best known for her role in Jesus' visit to their house in Bethany. Martha's second legendary claim to fame is that she killed a dragon who was ravaging the Provençal countryside, in what is now known as Tarasçon in Provence, France. Every year on the last weekend in June, a procession takes place there that commemorates St. Martha's power. In the first procession, eight men walk next to the dragon's spiked body, which snaps at the crowd of spectators. In the second procession, the dragon trots along behind a young girl representing St. Martha. More...
In the News

Virtual Interactions Prepare the Socially Anxious for the Real Thing

People who suffer from social anxiety tend to avoid social situations for fear of being scrutinized by others and negatively judged. To help patients overcome this problem, researchers devised a virtual experience in which a participant's image is inserted, in real time, into a previously recorded social scene. The participant is then able to practice social interaction and, at the same time, observe himself or herself on screen as it is taking place. A small trial of the technology found that participants were able to take greater social risks following the experiment. More...
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