Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

freewheeling

Definition:(adjective) Not concerned with or constrained by rules, conventions, or responsibilities.
Synonyms:devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky, harum-scarum, slaphappy, carefree
Usage: Enjoy your fun while you can because it won't be long before you have to bid farewell to your freewheeling lifestyle and settle down.
Article of the Day

Puget Sound

Puget Sound is an arm of the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern US that extends about 100 miles (160 km) south from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Olympia, Washington. The sound has numerous islands and is navigable for large ships. The Puget Sound lowland, which extends south from the sound, is the most densely populated area of Washington, with Seattle and Tacoma as its principal cities. Puget Sound was discovered in 1792 by English Captain George Vancouver. For whom was it named? More...
This Day in History

George III Becomes King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760)

George III ascended the throne at the age of 22, during the Seven Years' War. The war had put England in financial distress, and George supported raising funds through taxation of the American colonies. This policy proved disastrous for him, as it provoked the American Revolution and led him to be blamed in part for losing the colonies. Later in life, George's mental health declined, and his son acted as regent after 1811. It has been suggested that he suffered from what hereditary disease? More...
Today's Birthday

Minnie Pearl (1912)

Pearl was an American country comedienne, born Sarah Colley in Centerville, Tennessee. One of the Grand Ole Opry's most iconic performers, she appeared on the show for more than 50 years, performing routines that gently poked fun at rural Southern culture. Outfitted in styleless "down home" dresses and a hat with a price tag that dangled over its brim, she also appeared regularly on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. On whom was the Minnie Pearl character based? More...
Quotation of the Day
How wondrous familiar is a fool!

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

have seen (one's) day

To be beyond one's prime; to be no longer useful, effective, or functional. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Thanksgiving Day (2016)

On October 25, 1983, the US and other Caribbean forces invaded Grenada to destabilize the Communist regime that had overthrown the government of Sir Eric Gairy in 1979. Democratic elections were held in December 1984. October 25 is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a public holiday in Grenada. More...
In the News

40 Percent of US Adults Harassed Online

The conversation about bullying often revolves around youngsters, but they are not the only victims. Data show that some 40 percent of US adults face harassment online in the form of name-calling, intentional embarrassment, threats, sexual harassment, and stalking. Of adults targeted in this manner, young adults are the most frequently victimized, with 65 percent reporting being subjected to such harassment. Gender also appears to influence the type of online harassment one faces, with men more likely to experience name-calling and women more likely to be targeted for sexual harassment and stalking. More...
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