There's got to be more to life than that plain default cube, right? Indeed, there is. Blender offers a whole slew of primitives, or basic objects, to build from.
Anytime you add a new object in Blender, the origin of that object is located wherever you placed the 3D cursor.
You may notice that for pop-up menus like the Dynamic Spacebar Menu (see sidebar), Blender places the last menu option you choose directly under your mouse cursor. This workflow feature helps increase your speed. The idea is that you often want to do the same task multiple times in a row. Blender makes repetitive tasks easier by shortening the distance you have to move your mouse with each function.
To add a new object to your scene, use the Shift+A hotkey and choose the type of primitive you want to put into the scene. You have the following choices: