Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

subjugate

Definition:(verb) Make subservient; force to submit or subdue.
Synonyms:subject
Usage: Their central idea, their grand aim, is to subjugate you, keep you down, make you feel insignificant and humble in the blaze of their cosmopolitan glory.
Article of the Day

Bank Runs

A bank run occurs when a large number of bank customers withdraw their funds because they believe the bank is, or might become, insolvent. By definition, bank runs tend to be self-fulfilling prophecies: as more people withdraw their deposits, the likelihood of default increases. A significant factor in the Great Depression of the 1930s in the US, bank runs can have lasting psychological effects. What popular American film's protagonist contemplates suicide due to a looming banking failure? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Times Bombing (1910)

In 1910, amidst the Los Angeles Times's editorial crusade against local unions, two brothers belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers bombed the newspaper's headquarters with dynamite. The resulting fire killed 21 newspaper employees and injured dozens more. The American Federation of Labor hired noted trial attorney Clarence Darrow to represent the brothers, James and Joseph McNamara, who eventually pleaded guilty. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Besant (1847)

Besant was an English social reformer who, in 1889, embraced theosophy, a religious philosophy with mystical concerns. She served as international president of the Theosophical Society from 1907 until her death. After moving to India in 1893, she became an independence leader and established the Indian Home Rule League. She was president of the Indian National Congress in 1917 but later split with Gandhi. Besant lost custody of her children and was nearly imprisoned for publishing what in 1877? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it's not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

Mountain State Forest Festival (2015)

This festival is an eight-day celebration of the timber industry in the small town of Elkins, West Virginia. A highlight of the festival is the crowning of Queen Silvia, who wears an elaborate embroidered velvet gown. Events today salute the timber industry but also include non-timber events. Hence, there are forestry and wood-products exhibits and lumberjack contests along with a horseshoe tournament, live musical entertainment, a motorcycle race, arts and crafts exhibits, and a mammoth buckwheat cake and sausage feed. More...
In the News

Food Freshness Labels Inadvertently Lead to Waste

"Sell-by" and "best-before" labels on food are meant to indicate when those items are at their freshest, but American consumers widely misinterpret them as indicators of food safety and unnecessarily discard billions of pounds of food each year as a result. Part of the problem is the lack of a nationwide, uniform date labeling system; manufacturers are often left to their own devices when it comes to calculating shelf life and deciding what the dates they print on packages mean. While concerned lawmakers and industry members are divided on how to address this problem, they agree that something should be done. More...
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