Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

egocentric

Definition:(adjective) Limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs.
Synonyms:self-centered
Usage: My sister is so egocentric that when I broke my arm on her birthday, her primary concern was that her party would be ruined.
Article of the Day

The Shadow

According to the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, the shadow is the part of the unconscious mind that consists of forbidden feelings, primitive instincts, and repressed desires. Supposedly, a person can interact with his or her own shadow in a variety of ways—including falling victim to it—and the shadow can appear to a person as a figure in his or her dreams. Jung wrote that the less aware a person is of the shadow, the darker it is. What is the Freudian equivalent of Jung's shadow? More...
This Day in History

Hymen Lipman Patents Pencil with Attached Eraser (1858)

In prehistoric times, lumps of colored earth or chalk were used as markers. The so-called lead pencil—a rod of graphite encased in wood—first came into use in the 16th century. However, it was not until the 19th century that the eraser was added—an innovation that earned Hymen Lipman a patent in 1858. In 1862, he sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000. What happened to Reckendorfe's patent 13 years later? More...
Today's Birthday

Francisco Goya (1746)

Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker whose work profoundly influenced 19th-century European art. He started out designing tapestries for the royal manufactory of Santa Bárbara and was appointed painter to Charles III in 1786. By 1799—under the patronage of Charles IV—he had become Spain's most successful and fashionable artist. Goya's works address all aspects of Spanish life, including the political and social turmoil of his day. Why did his art come under the scrutiny of the Inquisition? More...
Quotation of the Day
But what is Government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

now (that) you mention it

An expression used when one remembers or realizes something because of what the other person has just said. More...
Today's Holiday

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day (2016)

This national holiday, instituted in 1996, honors an African-American religious sect once outlawed in Trinidad and Tobago. The Spiritual Baptists originally came to the islands as former American slaves. Their style of worship combines African and Baptist beliefs and practices, and services include bell ringing and shouting. In 1917, the government forbade the group from practicing their religion; this law was overturned in 1951. The national holiday honors the Spiritual Baptists' long struggle against religious persecution. It is observed with speeches and religious services. More...
In the News

Locusts Descend on Madagascar

Madagascar is in the throes of a locust plague that, if not dealt with swiftly, could wipe out crops and threaten the food security of more than half of the island's population. Billions of the swarming plant-eaters have infested about half of the country already, and two-thirds of the island will be affected by September if action is not taken to combat the plague. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that eliminating the plague will cost $41 million. More...
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