Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

parry

Definition:(verb) To deflect, evade, or avoid.
Synonyms:hedge, sidestep, skirt, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck
Usage: He parried every inquiry so successfully that soon he was the one asking the questions.
Article of the Day

Bryce Canyon

Utah's Bryce Canyon is known for its spectacularly colorful landscape and its geological structures that resemble miniature cities, cathedrals, and spires. These structures, known as "hoodoos," were formed when water, frost, and wind acted on alternate strata of soft and hard limestone, creating colorful and unique forms. The canyon region was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named for Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area. How is Bryce said to have described the canyon? More...
This Day in History

Black Monday: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls 508 Points (1987)

On what is known in the financial world as Black Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points, nearly 23%—the largest drop since 1914. Although the cause of the crash is still debated, its result was immediately apparent: it sent the value of markets plummeting worldwide. By the end of the month, markets in Hong Kong and Australia had lost over 40%. That December, a group of eminent economists predicted that the next few years could be the worst since the Great Depression. Were they? More...
Today's Birthday

John McLoughlin (1784)

A Canadian doctor and fur trader, McLoughlin became administrator of the far western region of England's Hudson's Bay Company in the 1820s. In spite of the strained relations between Britain and the US, "the Father of Oregon" offered help to American settlers in the disputed territory. After an 1846 treaty established the US-Canadian border farther north than he had hoped, he claimed a large tract of land whose ownership he disputed with the US until his death. Who was he accused of murdering? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

likely story

An exclamation of distrust or disbelief in someone's explanation or story. More...
Today's Holiday

Yorktown Day (2017)

On October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington's Allied troops at Yorktown, Virginia. The Battle of Yorktown is widely considered to mark the end of the Revolutionary War. Yorktown Day activities held at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown include a commemorative placing of a wreath at the French Monument and the Monument to Alliance and Victory. There are also 18th-century tactical demonstrations, a parade of military and civilian units, and musical presentations by fife and drum units. More...
In the News

Internet Addiction in Young Adults

The medical community remains divided on the existence of Internet addiction as a standalone psychological disorder, but support is growing. Studies suggest that Internet addiction is physiologically similar to other types of addiction, and a recent survey finds that 16 percent of young adults exhibit symptoms of Internet addiction, including spending inordinate amounts of time—more than 15 hours a day—online. Still, the American Psychiatric Association has yet to recognize Internet addiction as an independent condition in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). More...
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