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Word of the Day



Definition: (verb) To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary.
Synonyms:rid of, eliminate
Usage:Her discovery of an old wedding dress in the attic obviated the need for her to buy a costume for the party. Discuss.

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The Everglades

This marshy, low-lying subtropical savanna area in S. Florida extends from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay. Characterized by water, sawgrass, palms, pine, and mangrove forests, the Everglades receives an annual average rainfall of more than 60 in. (152 cm), mainly in the summer. The wildlife-rich area is home to endangered species like the Florida panther, American crocodile, and manatee. In the late 1830s the Everglades was the scene of military operations against what Native American people? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Dred Scott Emancipated by His Original Owners (1857)

Scott was an American slave who sued unsuccessfully for his freedom in the famous Dred Scott v. Sandford case. Though he argued that having lived in states and territories where slavery was illegal rendered him a free man, the Supreme Court ruled against him in 1857, finding that no person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the US or bring suit in federal court. Shortly thereafter, Scott was returned to his original owners and emancipated. What did he do after he was freed? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


John Wayne (1907)

An American actor and enduring icon of rugged masculinity, Wayne is best known for playing the archetypal Western hero in films like Stagecoach, The Alamo, and Rio Bravo. He appeared in some 250 films before his work in True Grit earned him his first—and only—Academy Award. An outspoken supporter of conservative political causes, notably America's role in Vietnam, Wayne also appeared in a number of war films, including The Green Berets. What was his real name? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

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Today's Holiday


Georgia Independence Day

Georgia Independence Day celebrates the republic's brief period of independence from Tsarist Russia from May 26, 1918, until its forced incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1922. Georgia declared its independence from the former Soviet Union on April 9, 1991, but the national holiday commemorates the country's original independence earlier in the century. More... Discuss