Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

funereal

Definition:(adjective) Suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial.
Synonyms:sepulchral
Usage: The bed and chamber were so funereal and gloomy, you might have fancied, not only that Lady Crawley died in the room, but that her ghost inhabited it.
Article of the Day

The Interpretation of Dreams

Dr. Sigmund Freud introduced his authoritative theory on why people dream and the true meaning of these dreams in his 1899 book The Interpretation of Dreams. In Freud's view, all dreams are a form of wish fulfillment. They are the expression of desires that are ordinarily repressed—meaning hidden from consciousness—because they represent forbidden impulses. Even then, they are distorted and disguised so as to be acceptable to the conscious mind. How many times did Freud revise his book? More...
This Day in History

CN Tower Becomes World's Tallest Free-Standing Structure (1975)

In 1975, the final portion of the antenna atop Canada's CN Tower was set in place, completing the tower and officially making it the tallest free-standing structure on land. At 1,815 ft (553 m) in height, the CN Tower surpassed the previous record holder, Russia's Ostankino Tower, by 43 ft (13 m) but was itself surpassed in 2007 by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. According to a study, the CN Tower is struck by lightning more than any other structure in Toronto. How did ice affect the tower in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Andersen (1805)

Andersen was a Danish writer best known for his many collections of fairy tales, in which he broke with literary tradition and employed the idioms and constructions of spoken language. His stories are imaginative combinations of universal elements from folk legend and include such favorites as "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." While some reveal an optimistic belief in the ultimate triumph of goodness and beauty, others are deeply pessimistic. What else did Andersen write? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who is not loved hovers like a vulture over the sweetheart of others.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Tater Days

Considered the oldest trade day in the US, Tater Day is now a celebration of the sweet potato in Benton, Kentucky. The event started in 1843 when sweet potatoes were a staple crop of the area. Today, the "tater" is honored with a parade, flea market, gospel music, arts and crafts exhibits, and a Miss Tater Day contest. Most of the food served is some kind of sweet potato concoction. More...
In the News

Sitting for Extended Periods Could Shorten Your Life

In a recent study, people who reported spending at least 11 hours a day sitting down were 40 percent more likely to die during the three-year study period than those who sat for less than four hours a day. Even when researchers accounted for exercise, weight, and health status, the association between sitting and shortened lives persisted. The findings indicate that regular exercise may not be enough to counter the effects of prolonged sitting. More...
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