Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

poppycock

Definition:(noun) Senseless talk.
Synonyms:hooey, stuff and nonsense
Usage: There's been talk of an outbreak, and two or three suspicious signs I'm willing to admit, but personally I think it's all poppycock.
Article of the Day

Stupas

Stupas are dome-shaped monuments erected in memory of the Buddha or Buddhist saints, often marking a sacred spot, commemorating an event, or housing a relic. A simple stupa consists of a circular earthenware base supporting a solid dome topped with an umbrella that symbolizes protection. Originally, such mounds served as burial places for royalty. The tradition was appropriated by Buddhists, who worship by walking clockwise around the stupa. What well-known Asian structures evolved from stupas? More...
This Day in History

The Paddington Tram Depot Fire (1962)

In 1962, the Paddington Tram Depot in Brisbane, Australia, and 65 of its trams were destroyed in one of the largest fires in the city's history. The strain that the destruction put on local transportation resources is generally considered to have brought about the beginning of the end for Brisbane's tram system, which closed in 1969. After the fire, parts were salvaged from the destroyed trams and incorporated into new ones. What mythical creature adorns the trams bearing the salvaged parts? More...
Today's Birthday

Ed Sullivan (1901)

Famed American TV host Ed Sullivan started out as a journalist and gossip columnist but was hired by CBS to host the variety program that eventually became The Ed Sullivan Show because of his talent for discovering interesting performers. The program, featuring diverse entertainment, became a national institution for over 20 years, while Sullivan's terse introductions of guests and distinctive mannerisms made him a popular target for comedians. What acts were banned from Sullivan's show? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world ... but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

have a handle on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Confucius's Birthday

This is a time to commemorate the birth of the teacher Confucius, perhaps the most influential man in China's history. In Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the birthplace of Confucius, there is a two-week-long Confucian Culture Festival. During the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s, Red Guards defaced many of the buildings in Qufu. They have since been restored, and the festival held there attracts scholars from China and abroad. The festival opens with a ceremony accompanied by ancient music and dance and includes exhibitions and lectures on the life and teachings of Confucius. More...
In the News

Afternoon Naps Boost Kids' Brainpower

Naptime for youngsters may be more valuable than we realize. Anyone involved in caring for a young child knows how far a nap can go in combating afternoon crankiness, but even more importantly, daytime sleep can also help kids learn. In a recent study, preschoolers appeared to better remember their lessons when put to sleep for an hour after lunch. Experts have long believed that sleep plays a role in the learning process, though they do not yet fully understand precisely how, and this study suggests that this holds true even in children as young as three. More...
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