Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

self-aggrandizement

Definition:(noun) The act or practice of enhancing or exaggerating one's own importance, power, or reputation.
Synonyms:ego trip
Usage: The speaker encouraged bursts of applause from the crowd, which many suspected was merely a form of self-aggrandizement.
Article of the Day

The Brain in a Vat

For millennia, philosophers have grappled with various versions of the "brain-in-a-vat" scenario. A thought experiment, it raises questions about the individual’s ability to know anything, since a brain suspended in a vat of life-sustaining liquid and connected to a computer that provides it with electrical impulses identical to those the brain normally receives would never be able to determine whether it is in a skull or a vat. What popular film trilogy is loosely based on this concept? More...
This Day in History

John F. Kennedy Defeats Richard Nixon for US Presidency (1960)

In 1960, Kennedy, a US senator, earned the Democratic nomination for president. In the campaign that followed, he engaged in a series of televised debates with his Republican opponent, Richard M. Nixon. After a vigorous campaign managed by his brother Robert F. Kennedy and aided financially by his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, he defeated Nixon by a narrow popular margin. At 43, he became the youngest person ever, and the first Catholic, elected president. How did the debates affect the election? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Bradley (1836)

After working as a draftsman, Bradley introduced the first lithograph press to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. He printed and sold a new parlor game, "The Checkered Game of Life." It was so profitable that he formed Milton Bradley and Company in 1864 to print games and manuals. In 1878, he reorganized his business as the Milton Bradley Company, which long retained its position as a leading American manufacturer of games and toys. In 1869, his press published the first US book on what topic? More...
Quotation of the Day
To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

put the wind up (someone)

To make someone very anxious, upset, or frightened. More...
Today's Holiday

Election Day (2016)

Election Day, the day on which Americans vote for their elected officials, is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Americans vote for their president and vice president every four years on that Tuesday. They vote for their U.S. representatives every two years during even-numbered years, and they vote for their U.S. senators every six years. Americans also vote for their state senators, state representatives, and many local officials on this day. More...
In the News

Loneliness Linked to Lousy Sleep

The more lonely people are, the more fitful and disrupted their sleep. Researchers reached this conclusion after interviewing 95 members of a communal religious sect to assess their feelings of loneliness and then monitoring their sleep quality for one week using a specialized wristband. The findings were consistent with those of a 2002 study of college students. The study does not prove that loneliness causes nighttime restlessness but may help explain why loneliness has been associated with health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease. More...
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