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

Montezuma Welcomes Cortés upon His Arrival in Tenochtitlán (1519)

Montezuma was the ruler of the Aztecs at the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, which began in earnest in 1519, when Hernán Cortés scuttled his ships on the Mexican coast and committed himself and his 508 men to conquest. After accumulating thousands of Indian allies who resented Aztec domination, Cortés forged ahead to Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital. There, Montezuma welcomed him, possibly because he believed Cortés to be the reincarnation of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Mitchell (1900)

After working as a journalist, Mitchell spent 10 years writing her only novel: Gone with the Wind, a romantic, panoramic portrait of the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods from the white Southern point of view. The book, which earned Mitchell the Pulitzer Prize, is one of the most popular novels in the history of American publishing, and its film adaptation was also extraordinarily successful. Whose stories gave Mitchell insight into the Civil War-era South? More...
Quotation of the Day
To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Edmund Fitzgerald Anniversary (2015)

On November 10, 1975, the 26,000-ton ore carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the largest ship on the Great Lakes in its time, sank during a deadly storm on Lake Superior. A commemoration of that tragedy is held at the Mariners' Church in downtown Detroit, Michigan. As the names of the 29 lost crewmen are read out, a family member or friend of the deceased rings a ship's bell. Beginning in 2006, the church expanded its service to include a 30th ring to remember all lives lost on the Great Lakes, some 30,000 sailors in 6,000 shipwrecks over the years. 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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