Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

pigeonhole

Definition:(verb) Treat or classify according to a mental stereotype.
Synonyms:stereotype, stamp
Usage: It would be incorrect to pigeonhole her as a children's author, since many adults also enjoy her books.
Article of the Day

The Great Disappointment

After serving in the War of 1812, farmer William Miller underwent a religious conversion and convinced himself—and, eventually, thousands of followers—that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent. He became a licensed Baptist preacher in 1833. The Millerite movement peaked in 1843 and declined rapidly after "the Great Disappointment"—the failure of the Second Coming to occur during the period predicted by Miller. His followers, however, organized what religious sect that still exists today? More...
This Day in History

Black Tuesday (1929)

In the 1920s, the US stock market expanded rapidly and reached a peak in August 1929, when prices began to decline while speculation increased. On October 24, "Black Thursday," a record 12,894,650 shares were traded. Banks and investment companies bought large blocks of stock to stem the panic, but on October 29, "Black Tuesday," 16 million shares were traded and prices collapsed. Why do some scholars contend that the stock market crash was not the cause of the Great Depression? More...
Today's Birthday

Fanny Brice (1891)

Brice was an American comedian and singer who built her act on parody and physical humor. A perennial Ziegfeld Follies star after 1910, she attained international fame with her signature torch-song parody, "My Man." Appearing in vaudeville, musicals, dramas, movies, and radio throughout her career, Brice demonstrated that a woman could succeed in entertainment without exploiting her sexuality or making a fool of herself or other women. What Broadway musical was based on her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have nothing to do

To have no tasks or actions that one must complete or undertake; to have nothing with which to occupy one's time. More...
Today's Holiday

World Creole Music Festival (2016)

Creole music, language, and culture are sources of national pride for the island nation of Dominica, as they are for peoples throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and other regions where Creoles have settled. The World Creole Music Festival is a three-day event showcasing this distinctive music and culture, held in Dominica's capital city, Roseau, as well as other cities on the island. The festival has brought attention to a diverse set of musical genres that are directly or indirectly associated with Creole music, including cadence-lypso, zouk, soukous, bouyon, and zydeco. More...
In the News

Daily Aspirin Cuts Hereditary Cancer Risk

One in every 1,000 people is afflicted with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that makes people vulnerable to a range of cancers including those of the bowel, uterus, and stomach. However, a recent study found that taking just two aspirins a day for at least two years reduced the incidence of colorectal cancer in people with Lynch syndrome by 63 percent and cut the incidence of other cancers in half. Previous studies have suggested that aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer, but this was the first time a randomized controlled trial specifically looking at the link between the two found this effect. More...
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