Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

empennage

Definition:(noun) The rear part of an aircraft.
Synonyms:tail
Usage: The pop superstar is so vain that she had her likeness plastered across her private jet's empennage.
Article of the Day

Limerence

In 1977, psychologist Dorothy Tennov coined the term "limerence" to explain the cognitive and emotional state of being involuntarily infatuated or obsessed with another person. Though sometimes conflated with a "crush," limerence is much more intense. A limerent person is consumed with thoughts of the object of his or her affection, is intensely fearful of rejection, and swings between extreme joy and despair depending on whether feelings are reciprocated. How long can a limerent reaction last? 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
It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared ... You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

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

Nurses Could Provide Health Anxiety Intervention

Mental health workers have had success treating health anxiety with cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing dysfunctional attitudes into more realistic and positive ones and providing new information-processing skills, and new research suggests that nurses and other medical clinic staff trained in this approach can also help patients who present with this form of anxiety. Since people with health anxiety are inclined to seek out medical rather than mental health care, training nurses and other medical staff to recognize and treat such patients could increase the chances that a patient will address his or her underlying mental disorder. More...
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