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

Stanford University Officially Opens (1891)

California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15. In fact, the official name of the school is still what? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (1935)

Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. Who was he? 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)

Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

To have a very quick look or brief examination. More...
Today's Holiday

Cyprus Independence Day (2016)

Cyprus gained independence from Great Britain on August 16, 1960. On that day, British governor Hugh Foot departed amid much ceremony, and Greek Cypriot freedom fighters landed on a plane from Athens with a heroes' welcome. The new Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios III (1913-1977), gave a speech inspiring Cypriots to improve their new nation. Independence Day is observed as a public holiday on October 1 each year. 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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