Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

somnambulate

Definition:(verb) To walk or perform another act while asleep or in a sleeplike condition.
Synonyms:sleepwalk
Usage: We had to put special locks on the door to prevent me from unwittingly leaving the house when I somnambulate.
Article of the Day

Human Multitasking

Though some people might appear or claim to be able to comfortably handle several tasks simultaneously, research has largely shown that multitasking is an illusion. Studies have revealed that, at most, the brain can fully concentrate on two tasks at a time—one for each lobe. Behavior that appears to be multitasking is instead most likely either a form of continuous partial attention or a rapid switching between tasks. What makes driving particularly incompatible with cell phone use? More...
This Day in History

US Federal Court Rules to Release Ezra Pound from Mental Hospital (1958)

An influential American poet and literary critic, Pound spent most of his life in Europe. At the end of WWII, he was arrested for treason by the US for making public broadcasts in Italy supporting anti-Semitism and Fascism. Judged insane, he was committed to a hospital in Washington, DC, until Ernest Hemingway and other friends secured his release 12 years later. In the early weeks of his incarceration, he began showing signs of a mental breakdown, possibly as a result of being locked in what? More...
Today's Birthday

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882)

Stokowski was a legendary British-American conductor whose strong advocacy of new music helped to broaden American musical taste. He conducted and toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than two decades, transforming it into a world-class ensemble and creating the lush "Philadelphia sound." He made three films, including Walt Disney's Fantasia, in which he also appeared. What made the "Philadelphia sound" so unique? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the stillest words which bring the storm. Thoughts that come with doves' footsteps guide the world.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

in all seriousness

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Independence Day (2017)

Like much of Africa, the area that is now Zimbabwe was long controlled by Europeans. In 1922, the 34,000 European settlers chose to become a self-governing British colony, Southern Rhodesia; in 1923, Southern Rhodesia was annexed by the British Crown. A fight for independence took place in the 1970s. An independent constitution was written for Zimbabwe in London in 1979, and independence followed on April 18, 1980. Independence Day is celebrated in every city and district of the nation with political rallies, parades, traditional dances, singing, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Lead Concerns in Imported Rice

In recent years, concerns about arsenic levels in rice have led the UK's Food Standards Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration to issue recommendations regarding the preparation and consumption of the grain. It turns out, however, that arsenic is not the only poisonous metal contaminating rice crops. Researchers found worrisome levels of lead in rice imported to the US from Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. More...
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