Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

unreasoning

Definition:(adjective) Not based on reason or evidence.
Synonyms:blind
Usage: After the funeral, when he saw her preparing to go away, he was seized with an unreasoning dread of being left alone on the farm; and before he knew what he was doing he had asked her to stay there with him.
Article of the Day

The Suda

The Suda is a Greek lexicon-encyclopedia that includes texts from classical Greek works and commentaries. Compiled in the 10th century during the Byzantine Empire, it contains approximately 30,000 entries. Although it is mostly derived from late and corrupt sources, it preserves much information about Greek literature that would otherwise be lost. Instead of using a purely alphabetical system, the lexicon’s compiler arranged its entries using what organizational structure? More...
This Day in History

Shakespeare's Othello Performed for the First Time (1604)

First performed at London's Whitehall Palace, Shakespeare's Othello—a timeless story of jealousy, betrayal, and racism—is still studied and debated today. The play is likely an adaptation of a short story by Italian writer Cinthio called "Un Capitano Moro" and may have been inspired by certain events of the day—such as the arrival of a Moorish delegation in London in 1600. In Shakespeare's tale, the protagonist strangles his wife, but in Cinthio's story, she is killed in what brutal way? More...
Today's Birthday

Grantland Rice (1880)

Born in Tennessee, Rice began his career as a reporter with the Nashville News in 1901 before moving to New York. There, he became known as the "Dean of American Sportswriters." For decades, he was in charge of selecting the All-American football team for Collier's magazine. In his widely syndicated column, "The Sportlight," Rice coined some of sports' most memorable phrases. What famous quote about winning and losing is derived from one of Rice's poems? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

brain surgery

A task requiring extreme intelligence, skill, or competence, usually used in a negative or rhetorical manner to indicate the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

All Saints' Day (2017)

In Roman Catholic, Anglican, and many Protestant churches, the first day of November is a celebration of all the Christian saints—particularly those who have no special feast days of their own. Also known as All-Hallomas or All Hallows' Day, the idea for this holy day goes back to the fourth century, when the Greek Christians kept a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost (in late May or early June) in honor of all martyrs and saints. More...
In the News

Happiness Linked to Longer Life

A new study suggests that happy people live longer. Researchers found that adults in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s were up to 35% less likely to die during a five-year study period if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day. While the findings do not prove that happiness leads to a longer life, they add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that positive emotions benefit health and highlight the value of promoting people's emotional well-being. More...
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