Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

egoism

Definition:(noun) Concern for your own interests and welfare.
Synonyms:self-centeredness, self-concern, self-interest
Usage: As a man advances in life he grows more selfish; egoism develops, and relaxes all the secondary bonds of affection.
Article of the Day

Puffer Fish

Puffer fish, members of the Tetraodontidae family, are named for their ability to inflate their bodies with air or water to as much as three times their normal size when disturbed. Found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, puffers are morphologically similar to the porcupinefish and have tough, usually prickly, skin. Their flesh contains tetrodotoxin, which can be fatal if ingested, yet puffers are prepared by specially trained chefs and eaten as a delicacy called fugu in what country? More...
This Day in History

March of Dimes Established by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938)

The March of Dimes is a US charity whose mission is to improve the health of babies. It was founded with the goal of eradicating polio, one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century, during the tenure of President Roosevelt, who himself contracted what was thought to be polio in 1921. The national, nonpartisan organization initially raised funds for research by urging the public to contribute a dime to the effort and came to be called the March of Dimes, but its original name was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Cicero (106 BCE)

Cicero was a statesman, philosopher, unsurpassed master of Latin prose, and one of Rome's greatest orators. His writings introduced the Romans to Greek philosophy and created a Latin philosophical vocabulary. He was a prolific author, and his letters reveal a wealth of information about Roman life and politics. As an active politician and leader of the senatorial party, he was at times hailed as a hero, but he also made enemies who contributed to his exile and, later, his execution for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (Tamaseseri)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269 CE), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
In the News

"Beauty Sleep" More than a Myth

The concept of beauty sleep has long been discussed, but until now it lacked scientific support. To determine whether sleep deprived people are actually less attractive, researchers photographed study participants after a normal night's sleep-8 hours-and again after being kept awake for 31 hours. They then asked untrained observers to rate the attractiveness of the faces in the photographs. Not surprisingly, people were perceived to be less attractive and less healthy when they were sleep deprived. More...
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