Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013)
Word of the Day

despondent

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom.
Synonyms:heartsick
Usage: I did my best to take Mike's mind off his problems, but he was too despondent to smile at my corny jokes.
Article of the Day

Ley Lines

Ley lines are straight lines that can be drawn between ancient landmarks and monuments around the globe. Some believe the lines emit mystical energy, especially at their intersections, and their magical properties have been featured in novels such as Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon. Amateur British archaeologist Alfred Watkins is most closely associated with ley lines, but he never ascribed any supernatural qualities to them. Instead, he believed they were remnants of what? More...
This Day in History

Jonathan Pollard Pleads Guilty to Espionage Charges (1986)

After leaving graduate school in 1979, Pollard immediately began applying for intelligence positions, and landed one at the US Naval Investigative Service (NIS). In 1985, after he had attained a high level of clearance, coworkers noticed that he was accessing a huge number of documents for seemingly no reason. He was arrested and, the following year, pled guilty to selling secrets to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison. What early clues nearly derailed his career before it started? More...
Today's Birthday

François Quesnay (1694)

While serving as consulting physician to Louis XV at Versailles, Quesnay developed an interest in economics. In his 1758 Tableau économique, he described the relationship between the different economic classes of society and the flow of payments among them, and he developed the concept of economic balance used by many later economic analysts. An advocate of laissez-faire economics, he believed that all wealth originated with the land. What school of economics is he credited with founding? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

land of plenty

A fictional or imagined utopian place where there is an abundance of everything needed to survive and flourish. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Sea (2017)

The Festival of the Sea is based on the Icelandic tradition of Seamen's Day, an occasion to honor all who make their living from the sea. It takes place annually, primarily in the city of Reykjavík. Traditionally, fishermen compete during the festival in swimming and rowing races and other tests of strength, including the popular tug-of-war. The festival also includes numerous cultural activities, parades, arts-and-crafts activities for kids, food fairs, and sailing competitions. Tourists come from far and wide to participate in the fun and to view boats and ships as they rest in the harbors. More...
In the News

Sharks Worth More Alive than Dead

Humans are slaughtering tens of millions of sharks each year, largely to feed our appetite for the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup. Environmental arguments against the overfishing of sharks have failed to curb catch rates, but fishermen may be more receptive to the idea of shark conservation once they learn that it could be in their best interest financially to protect the marine predators. Researchers project that the shark tourism industry, currently valued at $314 million a year, will surge to $780 million a year within the next two decades. By contrast, the landed value of world shark fisheries is $630 million a year and has been on the decline for some time. More...
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