Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

abhorrence

Definition:(noun) Hate coupled with disgust.
Synonyms:detestation, execration, loathing, odium, abomination
Usage: I took her hand and violently dashed it from me, with an expression of abhorrence and indignation that could not be suppressed.
Article of the Day

Fan Death

There is a common belief in South Korea that falling asleep in a closed room with an electric fan running can lead to death. Cases of suspected fan death are sometimes reported by the media, and new fans are equipped with automatic timers as a precaution. Though fan death is technically possible, as the use of a fan can hasten dehydration and thus lead to heat exhaustion, the more popular ideas about how fans might kill people have all been debunked by science. What are some of those theories? 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
There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

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

Namibian "Fairies" May Actually Be Termites

Numerous hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origins of the bare desert patches known as fairy circles, but one scientist thinks he has found the culprit: termites. After years of research, he has come to the conclusion that Psammotermes allocerus clears these patches of ground in order to maintain a water supply in the arid environment. He contends that they eat the roots of short-lived grasses, creating round, bare patches of sandy earth that then collect water just below the surface. This water supports both the termite populations and perennial grasses that grow at the circles' edges. More...
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