Mackinac Island, Michigan

Skull Cave

This shallow cave got its name from copious amount of human bones found inside
25 Nov 2015
Pak Ou, Laos

Pak Ou's Caves

Thousands of effigies of Buddha watch from caves set high above a legendary river, plus whiskey
24 Nov 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Soldier Bear Statue

A statue in the heart of Edinburgh honors a bear that served in the Polish military during World War II
24 Nov 2015
Kane, Pennsylvania

Kinzua Bridge

Once the "Eighth Wonder of the World," this iron railroad bridge was decimated by a tornado
24 Nov 2015
Wien, Austria

Museumsquartier Passages

This series of Baroque passageways in Vienna's cultural center mix old architecture with modern art
24 Nov 2015
Zagreb, Croatia

Villa Rebar

This former estate of a fascist leader is now a burnt out ruin leading to a system of secret tunnels
24 Nov 2015

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How Americans Changed the Meaning of 'Dream'

by Rebecca Onion / 24 Nov 2015


Albert Joseph Moore's Dreamers, 1884. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons

This is part two of a five-part series on sleep and dreams, sponsored by Oso mattresses. Read the first one here

There was a time when “hopes” were not automatically paired with “dreams” in our lexicon. But when did these two concepts start comingling? How did English speakers repurpose a word used to refer to an involuntary activity, to describe, instead, the kind of purposeful visions that might guide the life of a striver? When did the verb “to dream” come to mean “to aspire?”

You can blame the Americans. Our collective embrace of the so-called “American dream” was the cornerstone of this particular 20th-century shift in usage.

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