Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 5, 2012)
Word of the Day

hypnopedia

Definition:(noun) The art or process of learning while asleep by means of lessons recorded on disk or tapes.
Synonyms:sleep-learning
Usage: Hypnopedia may not be a proven learning technique, but I figure it can't hurt to replay my professors' lectures throughout the night just in case.
Article of the Day

The Azusa Street Revival

Despite its brief heyday, the Azusa Street Revival is thought to have been a catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism. The religious meeting, which was racially integrated, began in 1906 and was held in a run-down Los Angeles building that had once been used as a stable. At its height, it attracted hundreds of people to its three daily services. Accounts from members describe worshippers speaking in tongues and being healed of sicknesses. What did newspapers of the day say about the movement? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Columbus Becomes the First European on Hispaniola (1492)

Soon after landing on the island now known as Hispaniola—home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti—Columbus returned to Spain with news of the New World, leaving behind a group of colonists. On his second expedition, he discovered that the colony had been destroyed, and he established another one. The new colony soon fell into a state of disorder, which he tried to quell with strict discipline. The colonists appear to have disliked Columbus's tyrannical leadership. What did they do about it? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (1901)

Disney began his career as a cartoonist in 1920. By the time he died in 1966, he had built an entertainment empire. His enormously successful cartoons and films—both animated and live-action—employed groundbreaking technology and introduced now-famous characters such as Mickey Mouse. A skilled businessman as well as an innovator, Disney oversaw his company's expansion into theme parks and mass merchandising. According to legend, what were the mysterious last two words Disney wrote? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

king of the hill

The most powerful, successful, or authoritative person in a group or organization. More...
Today's Holiday

Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas's Eve) (2017)

Very little is known about St. Nicholas's life, except that in the fourth century he was the bishop of Myra in what is now Turkey. On the eve of December 6 in the Netherlands, St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, rides into town on a white horse, dressed in his red bishop's robes and preceded by "Black Peter," a figure in Moorish costume who rewards the good children with candy and gifts. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, and churches dedicated to him are often built so they can be seen off the coast as landmarks. More...
In the News

Aging May Affect Ability to Judge Trustworthiness

Swindlers stole about $2.9 billion from the elderly in the US in 2010, but seniors' apparent vulnerability to scams should not be chalked up to simple naiveté. Researchers believe that brain changes that occur as we age may impair our ability to gauge people's trustworthiness. When older adults were shown photographs of individuals whose looks were scientifically rated as untrustworthy, they were less likely than younger volunteers to pick up on visual cues that are generally considered red flags. Reduced activity in an area of the brain called the anterior insula could be a contributing factor. More...
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