Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

plagiarize

Definition:(verb) Take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property.
Synonyms:lift
Usage: At the beginning of the semester, the teacher warned her students not to plagiarize their reports because she would find out and fail them.
Article of the Day

Frisbee Dog

Disc dog, or Frisbee dog, is a sport that showcases speedy, high-flying dogs catching discs thrown by their human teammates. It got its start in the early 1970s, but its popularity was boosted in 1974, when 19-year-old college student Alex Stein ran onto the field during a nationally broadcast baseball game and began throwing discs to his dog, Ashley Whippet. The game was stopped, and the pair proceeded to entertain the crowd for how long before Stein was escorted off the field and arrested? More...
This Day in History

First Great Texas Oil Gusher Discovered at Spindletop (1901)

In 1892, a company was formed in Texas to investigate long-held suspicions that oil might be under an area known as Spindletop Hill. After nine years of exploratory drilling, oil was struck at a depth of 1,139 ft (347 m), resulting in the "Lucas Gusher," which blew oil more than 150 ft (46 m) in the air. The well produced an estimated 100,000 barrels per day, marking what many consider the birth of the modern petroleum industry. What now well-known companies were involved in the find? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret of Austria (1480)

Daughter of Emperor Maximilian I, Margaret was a Hapsburg princess and regent of the Netherlands. When she was three, she was betrothed to French dauphin and future King Charles VIII, who later renounced the agreement and married Anne of Brittany. In 1497, she married John of Spain—son of Ferdinand and Isabella—but he died later that year. In 1501, she married Philibert of Savoy; he died in 1504. In 1507, she was made regent of the Netherlands and guardian of what future Holy Roman Emperor? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day

Vodoun is an ancient African pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More...
In the News

Marijuana Use Up, Alcohol Use Down among US Teens

An annual survey of high school students across the US found that binge drinking and cigarette smoking among teens is on the decline but drug use is on the rise. In the past year, there was a two percent drop in high school seniors who reported binge drinking-defined in this study as consuming five or more drinks in a row-in the two weeks prior to the study. At the same time, marijuana use increased for all age groups. Ecstasy use also appears to be on the rise among teens, as does the rate of high school seniors injecting heroin. More...
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