Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 4, 2014)
Word of the Day

stolid

Definition:(adjective) Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited.
Synonyms:impassive
Usage: Her face showed nothing but stolid indifference.
Article of the Day

Ideology

Though commonly used today, the word "ideology" was born in the highly controversial philosophical and political debates and fights of the French Revolution. French philosopher Antoine Louis Claude, Comte Destutt de Tracy, coined the term in 1796 after having been inspired by John Locke and Etienne de Condillac while imprisoned during the Reign of Terror. He used the word as a label for his "science of ideas." Who gave it its modern meaning when he used it to rail against political opponents? More...
This Day in History

The "Flying Tailor" Dies after Failed Parachute Jump from Eiffel Tower (1912)

Parachutes at the dawn of the aviation age were bulky and, inconveniently, had to be pre-opened. Among those trying to improve upon their design was French tailor Franz Reichelt. He had some success testing his designs on dummies, but he had no evidence that his parachute would work with a real person when he jumped from the Eiffel Tower before a crowd of spectators and reporters. The chute failed to open, and he plummeted to his death. How had he convinced the authorities to allow the jump? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Lindbergh (1902)

In 1927, Lindbergh, an American aviator, made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic in 33.5 hours, landing in Paris to a hero's welcome. He returned to the US a celebrity but moved to England in 1932 to escape the media frenzy surrounding the kidnapping and murder of his son. Returning to the US in 1940, he faced criticism for opposing US entry into WWII. Still, he flew combat missions for the US during the war. He helped invent what device that made open-heart surgery possible? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be a roaring success

To be extremely or triumphantly successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Ice Worm Festival (2017)

This zany mid-winter festival celebrates the emergence of the ice worm in Cordova, Alaska. The highlight of the three-day festival is the procession of a 150-foot-long ice worm followed by 500 or so paraders. Other events include variety shows, ski events, a survival-suit race, a beauty pageant, music, and dances. The celebration began in 1961, and the legend was born then that an ice worm hibernates during the winter in the Cordova Glacier but starts to hatch or wake up in early February. The worm has gained international fame, and the festival draws great crowds of people. More...
In the News

Crazy Funny!

Does being a little bit crazy make people funnier? A study comparing comedians to people in non-creative jobs finds that comedians tend to score higher on measures of certain psychotic personality traits, like introverted anhedonia—in layman's terms, a reduced ability to feel social and physical pleasure—and extraverted impulsiveness. Though these traits are typically associated with psychosis, they are not always indicative of an unhealthy mental state and could enable the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that leads to humor. More...
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