Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

funereal

Definition:(adjective) Suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial.
Synonyms:sepulchral
Usage: The bed and chamber were so funereal and gloomy, you might have fancied, not only that Lady Crawley died in the room, but that her ghost inhabited it.
Article of the Day

The Interpretation of Dreams

Dr. Sigmund Freud introduced his authoritative theory on why people dream and the true meaning of these dreams in his 1899 book The Interpretation of Dreams. In Freud's view, all dreams are a form of wish fulfillment. They are the expression of desires that are ordinarily repressed—meaning hidden from consciousness—because they represent forbidden impulses. Even then, they are distorted and disguised so as to be acceptable to the conscious mind. How many times did Freud revise his book? More...
This Day in History

As the World Turns Premieres (1956)

Soap operas began in the early 1930s as 15-minute radio episodes and continued in that format when they began appearing on TV in the early 1950s. As the World Turns premiered as the first half-hour TV soap. The show, which primarily focused on two professional families in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, ran for 54 years and aired nearly 14,000 episodes. For 20 of those years, it was most-watched daytime drama in the US. What interrupted a live broadcast of the show in 1963? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile François Zola (1840)

Zola was the founder of French naturalism, a literary school that maintained that novel-writing should be scientific, appraising reality in terms of natural forces such as heredity or environment. Inspired by his readings in sociology and medicine, he applied his theory in a vast series of novels in which the characters are impartially observed and presented in minute, often sordid, detail. Zola also had an ardent zeal for social reform. He died in his sleep under what suspicious circumstances? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who is not loved hovers like a vulture over the sweetheart of others.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

I take it

I imagine this is the case; I presume it to be true (that); it is my understanding (that). More...
Today's Holiday

International Children's Book Day (2017)

This day, which is observed by countries all over the world, is held on Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, because the Danish author's stories have been favorites among children of all nationalities. Celebrations include contests in which children illustrate their favorite books. Every two years the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen medals, which are awarded to a children's book author and a children's book illustrator for their contributions to children's literature. More...
In the News

Sitting for Extended Periods Could Shorten Your Life

In a recent study, people who reported spending at least 11 hours a day sitting down were 40 percent more likely to die during the three-year study period than those who sat for less than four hours a day. Even when researchers accounted for exercise, weight, and health status, the association between sitting and shortened lives persisted. The findings indicate that regular exercise may not be enough to counter the effects of prolonged sitting. More...
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