Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

titivate

Definition:(verb) Make neat, smart, or trim.
Synonyms:slick up, spiff up, spruce
Usage: I hope that my plan to titivate the restaurant will help draw more customers to our establishment when we reopen next month.
Article of the Day

Diegesis

Writing teachers often begin with one simple instruction: "Show, don't tell." Plato and Aristotle explored the same concept, but used the terms "diegesis"—which equates to telling—and "mimesis," a form of showing. In diegetic texts, the narrator explicitly relays action to the reader, while mimetic texts draw the reader into the characters' world. Diegesis functions differently in films. The world that characters explore is considered diegetic. What aspects of films are deemed non-diegetic? More...
This Day in History

The Day of Two Noons: US and Canada Adopt Standard Time Zones (1883)

Before the adoption of time zones, clocks in the US and Canada were set according to the position of the sun overhead, meaning that time varied according to location. For the rail industry, this presented a logistical nightmare, and so many railroads kept their own time, further complicating matters. Standardization solved everything. On "The Day of Two Noons," train stations reset their clocks according to newly adopted time standards. Which US city continued to keep local time until the 1900s? More...
Today's Birthday

Asa Gray (1810)

Considered one of the most important botanists in American history, Gray laid the foundation for the study of plants in North America. He made botanical expeditions to the western US, established Harvard University's botany department, and wrote prodigiously on the subject of plants, producing several classic, still-valued textbooks. Charles Darwin was such an admirer of Gray's work that he shared his theory of natural selection with Gray before publishing it. What toxin was named for Gray? More...
Quotation of the Day
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish ... Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in fee

law (specifically of land) In absolute legal ownership or subjection. More...
Today's Holiday

Morocco Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day, also known as Fête de l'indépendance, is a national holiday commemorating Morocco's independence from France on November 18, 1927. Other public holidays in Morocco include: August 20, the anniversary of the king's and people's revolution, and November 6, the anniversary of the Green March in 1975. In order to claim the Western Sahara for Morocco, more than 300,000 Moroccans marched into the territory, which the Spanish still controlled; Spanish troops left the area by early 1976. More...
In the News

Depression Is Aging

Depression's effects are not just in our heads; they extend to the basic building blocks of our beings: our cells and DNA. People who are or who have been severely depressed actually appear older under a microscope. As part of the natural aging process, telomeres—sections of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes—become shortened. However, this process appears to accelerate in people who battle depression. Their cells exhibit a greater degree of shortening than those of people who have never been depressed. More...
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