Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

cold-blooded

Definition:(adjective) Without compunction or human feeling.
Synonyms:inhuman, insensate, cold
Usage: These callous, cold-blooded killers butchered six people.
Article of the Day

Cuteness in Japanese Culture

Cuteness—kawaisa—is a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture that first emerged in the 1970s, when teenage girls developed a new writing style using big, round characters decorated with hearts, smiley faces, and the like. To capitalize on this growing trend, companies launched cute merchandise lines. Today, cute elements can be found almost everywhere in Japan, as evidenced by the fact that even police departments have cute mascots. How has All Nippon Airways made its planes cuter? More...
This Day in History

The "Miracle on Ice" (1980)

Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players. Who scored the decisive goal in the game, allowing the US to go on to the gold-medal game against Finland? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788)

An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented with such clarity and skill as to gain eventual recognition as one of the great philosophers. Schopenhauer was heavily influenced by what Hindu texts? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a good voice to beg bacon

Used to mock someone's voice as being strange, unpleasant, or inadequate (e.g., for singing). Bacon, being a dietary staple in older times, was often used as a metaphor for financial stability or wealth; having the voice of one who must "beg bacon," then, means having a harsh voice, like someone who is undernourished. More...
Today's Holiday

Taeborum (2016)

Taeborum marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in Korea. The day is regarded as the final opportunity to ensure good luck for the coming year; it is considered lucky on this day for people to routinely repeat their actions nine times—particularly children, who compete to see how many "lucky nines" they can achieve before the day is over. Another popular sport is the tug-of-war. In some areas, an entire town or county is divided into opposing teams. It is widely believed that the winners will bring in a plentiful crop and will be protected from disease in the coming year. More...
In the News

Study: Stretches before Run Do Not Prevent Injury

A recent study involving 2,729 volunteers recruited online, all of whom were at least 13 years old and typically ran at least 10 miles (16 km) per week, found that stretching before a run does not affect the risk of injury. The runners were randomly divided into two groups, one of which was instructed to perform three to five minutes of stretching exercises immediately before a run and one of which was told to run without stretching first. After three months, both groups reported injury rates of 16 percent and both reported similar types of injuries. However, changing one's routine by either starting or abandoning a pre-run stretching regimen was found to increase the risk of injury. More...
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