Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 8, 2013)
Word of the Day

dingle

Definition:(noun) A small wooded hollow.
Synonyms:dell
Usage: For no reason but that his fancy led him, he … walked down the grassy sunny slope of the open meadow, and so came to the little dingle.
Article of the Day

Middens

Also known as a kitchen midden or shell mound, a midden is a refuse heap containing the waste products of day-to-day human life left by a prehistoric settlement. Often found in coastal environments, middens were first studied in Denmark in 1848. Because their contents include artifacts that can be dated, they help archaeologists to determine the mode of life and technology of ancient peoples, typically from the late Mesolithic period. How do middens help to preserve the materials they contain? More...
This Day in History

Dow Jones Averages Reaches Its Lowest Point of the Great Depression (1932)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, often referred to as the Dow, is the best-known and most widely followed market indicator in the world. Tracking the performance of 30 blue-chip US stocks—which sometimes change—the Dow is thought to reflect the overall condition of the US economy. In 1932, the Dow reached its lowest point of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22—down almost 90 percent since 1929. It did not return to pre-1929 levels until 1954. Who is the Dow named after? More...
Today's Birthday

John Davison Rockefeller (1839)

After two years of high school, Rockefeller—the man destined to become, by some estimates, the richest person in history—got a job as a bookkeeper. A few years later, he formed a food handling firm that prospered in the American Civil War. In 1863, he entered the brand new oil business, and within 15 years, his company dominated the American petroleum industry. A noted philanthropist, he donated $550 million during his lifetime. It has been said that Rockefeller had what two ambitions in life? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

(it's) just as well (that) (something happened)

It is or turned out to be beneficial (that something happened). More...
Today's Holiday

Durham Miners' Gala (2017)

Soon after founding the first union in 1869, a group of mine workers in northern England initiated a campaign to lobby their pit bosses, who met regularly in the city of Durham. What began as a formal protest became a grand party, and by 1871, the first official Durham Miners' Gala was held. Today, the gala has become more of a heritage celebration of coal mining. The event usually features about 30 community brass bands, which march through the streets. The procession ends at Durham University, where attendees gather to hear speeches from trade union leaders and politicians. More...
In the News

Race and Income Appear to Affect Painkiller Prescribing Practices

In the US, a patient visiting an emergency room with a complaint of moderate or severe pain is more likely to leave with a prescription for opioid drugs if he or she is white and wealthy. An analysis of data from about 184 million emergency room visits between 2006 and 2009 revealed that black and Hispanic patients were prescribed these painkillers less frequently than white patients and that patients from poorer neighborhoods were less likely to receive opioids than those from more affluent areas. More...
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