Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

downswing

Definition:(noun) A worsening of business or economic activity.
Synonyms:downturn
Usage: Panicked investors scrambled to secure their assets as the market took a severe downswing for the third time in a month.
Article of the Day

Oracle Bones

Oracle bones—often the shoulder blades of oxen or turtles’ shells—were used for divination during China's Shang dynasty, which dates to the 18th century BCE. They were inscribed with questions, then heated to produce cracks from which answers were somehow derived. A small number of them are inscribed with the answers to their questions and eventual outcomes. The inscriptions are some of the earliest examples of Chinese writing. When they were first discovered, what were they believed to be? More...
This Day in History

Lee Harvey Oswald Murdered by Jack Ruby on Live Television (1963)

Hours after US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a Dallas parade, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. After two days of interrogations, Oswald was being led through the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters to be transferred to a county jail when Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby stepped out of the crowd and shot him. Millions of people saw the incident on live television. Despite attempts to link Ruby to some conspiracy, he appears to have acted alone. Where did Oswald die? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864)

Toulouse-Lautrec developed his interest in art as a teen during a lengthy convalescence after breaking both his legs in separate accidents. At 21, he set up his own studio in Paris, but alcoholism brought about his early demise at 36. Even so, he left an enormous and influential body of work, which captured the atmosphere of Paris brothels and cabaret life with intense colors and remarkable objectivity. His lithographs and posters are now world-renowned. What cocktail is he said to have created? More...
Quotation of the Day
We called him Tortoise because he taught us.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

intestinal fortitude

Strong courage, conviction, or determination; gumption; guts. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Friday (United States) (2017)

Black Friday usually refers either to the infamous Wall Street Panic of September 24, 1869, when Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, or to September 19, 1873, when stock failures caused the Panic of 1873. But shoppers and retailers in the United States also refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it marks the beginning of the Christmas commercial season and is traditionally a frenetic day of shopping. More...
In the News

Brutal Dolphin Killers Being Sought

Since 1972, the hunting or killing of marine mammals has been prohibited by the US. Harming one carries a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail term of up to one year, yet some people remain undeterred. In the past year, there has been a spate of dolphin killings and mutilations along the Gulf Coast. Several dolphins have been found with bullet wounds, one was found with a screwdriver in its head, and at least one other had its tail hacked off while it was still alive. Officials are now investigating the incidents, and animal conservation groups are offering rewards for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible. More...
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