Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

sufferable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being borne though unpleasant.
Synonyms:bearable, endurable, supportable
Usage: He winced as he felt the bump on his head, but he decided that as long as the pain was sufferable he would attend the dance.
Article of the Day

Fernando Pessoa

Pessoa was a Portuguese poet and literary critic famous for having written under more than 70 different names. Four of these—his own, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Álvaro de Campos—are well known. Each of his personas, or "heteronyms," has a putative biography and a distinct poetic voice. Many of his heteronyms had relationships with each other. Only after his death at age 47 did the rich world of his poetry become known. How old was he when he created his first heteronym? More...
This Day in History

General Mills Introduces Cheerios as CheeriOats (1941)

General Mills introduced its oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal as CheeriOats but, in 1946, changed its name to Cheerios because of a trademark dispute with Quaker Oats. Today, it comes in nearly a dozen different flavors and is marketed to children as well as adults. It has used several different characters in its advertising over the years, including Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Why did the US Food and Drug Administration call Cheerios an "unapproved new drug" in 2009? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Heller (1923)

As a bombardier with the US Air Force during World War II, American writer Joseph Heller flew 60 combat missions. He drew on his wartime experiences when writing his darkly humorous novel Catch-22 (1961), a satiric commentary on the absurdity of war and bureaucracy. One of the most significant works of postwar protest literature, it was a huge critical success. What did Heller famously reply when asked why he had not written anything else as good as Catch-22? More...
Quotation of the Day
He would always feel for her that impersonal admiration which is inspired by anything very large, like the Empire State Building or the Grand Canyon of Arizona.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

in a measure

To a certain degree or extent; somewhat. More...
Today's Holiday

Beltane (2017)

Beltane is the Celtic name for the first day of May, which divided the ancient Celtic year in half. It was believed that each day began with the setting of the sun the night before, so Beltane was celebrated by lighting bonfires to honor the sun god. Contact with the fire was symbolic of contact with the life-giving sun. The day is still observed in parts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, with most of the celebrations revolving around fire and reflecting ancient fertility rites. More...
In the News

Being Bullied Linked to Later Self Harm

Being bullied may increase a child's risk of engaging in self-harming behaviors upon reaching adolescence and could lead to psychological issues that persist into adulthood. A recent study found that children who had been victimized by bullies early on were more likely to self harm by the age of 12, particularly if they suffered from mental health issues. Self-harming behaviors exhibited by children in the study included cutting, biting, tearing out patches of hair, and attempting suicide. The findings reinforce the notion that bullying can have lasting consequences and highlight the importance of helping kids cope with the emotional distress it causes. More...
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