Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 15, 2020)
Word of the Day

staid

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by sedate dignity and often a strait-laced sense of propriety.
Synonyms:serious, sober, quiet, calm, grave, steady, composed, solemn
Usage: I instinctively stood up a little straighter when the staid duke entered the parlor.
Article of the Day

Hysteria

The term hysteria has been in use for millennia, but its meaning has changed dramatically over the years. While mental health experts have largely abandoned the designation of hysteria in favor of more modern diagnoses like conversion disorder, somatization disorder, and histrionic personality disorder, hysteria was once used as a catch-all diagnosis for women exhibiting a variety of symptoms attributed to uterine disturbances. Hippocratic texts advocated what cure for female hysteria? More...
This Day in History

Pierre Laval Is Executed for Treason (1945)

In 1942, Laval, a French politician who had advocated collaboration with Nazi Germany, came to power. His government drafted laborers for German factories, cooperated in the deportation of Jews to death camps, and instituted a rule of terror. After France was liberated by the Allies, Laval fled. He was eventually captured and returned to France, where he was convicted of treason and executed. How was Laval's attempt to escape execution thwarted by his jailers? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881)

Wodehouse was an English-American comic writer who enjoyed enormous success during his more than 70-year career. His works are set in Edwardian England and feature idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen. His most famous characters are the young bachelor Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves. Although Wodehouse was knighted shortly before his death, the character of Bertie did cost him entry into the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1967. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Today's Holiday

International Cervantes Festival (2020)

Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), best known for Don Quixote (1605), is honored in a three-week festival held in Guanajuato, Mexico, featuring orchestral music, opera, theater, dance, film and folklore. Although most festival events are held in the Teatro Juarez and the Teatro Principal, amateur Mexican actors often give street performances of Cervantes's famous one-act plays in the Plaza de San Roque. Various musical performances are a popular attraction, as are art exhibits, children's theater, and folkloric dance ensembles. More...
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