Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

dishearten

Definition:(verb) To shake or destroy the courage or resolution of; dispirit.
Synonyms:put off
Usage: These difficult economic conditions dishearten people and undermine their hope.
Article of the Day

Saint George and the Dragon

The patron saint of England, Saint George is regarded as an early Christian martyr and one of the most prominent military saints. His historical existence is uncertain, but from the 6th century onward he was the subject of legends brought back from the East by returning Crusaders. According to tradition, George was a soldier and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian who rescued a Libyan king's daughter from a dragon, which he killed in return for what promise from the king? More...
This Day in History

The Twilight Zone Premieres on CBS (1959)

A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show's most celebrated episodes? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (1890)

Marx and his brothers entered show business with their mother as a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. Later in his career, he enjoyed success as host of the TV game show You Bet Your Life, which was mainly a showcase for his witty banter with contestants. By the end of his career, he had become an instantly recognizable cultural institution who was lauded by individuals as disparate as Johnny Carson and T. S. Eliot. What event that occurred three days earlier overshadowed his 1977 death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

let the good times roll

To have as much fun or live life as richly as possible. (Often said as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Independence Day (2017)

Guinea became an independent republic on this day in 1958, after having been a French colony since the late 19th century. Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated all over the country with parades, dances, and sports competitions, especially in the capital city of Conakry. More...
In the News

Brain Scans Used to Recreate Video Scenes

Researchers may one day be able to tap into people's minds and reconstruct their dreams. In a recent study, they were able to reconstruct movie scenes using the brain activity recorded when participants were watching the clips. The reconstructions were not perfect, but if, for example, a human appeared in the original movie clip, a human form generally appeared in the reconstruction. Before being able to reconstruct the scenes, researchers had to train the computer to recognize how the participants' brains respond to particular visual information. This was done by having participants lie still for hours in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine while watching hundreds of 10 to 20 second video clips. More...
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