Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

downswing

Definition:(noun) A worsening of business or economic activity.
Synonyms:downturn
Usage: Panicked investors scrambled to secure their assets as the market took a severe downswing for the third time in a month.
Article of the Day

Oracle Bones

Oracle bones—often the shoulder blades of oxen or turtles’ shells—were used for divination during China's Shang dynasty, which dates to the 18th century BCE. They were inscribed with questions, then heated to produce cracks from which answers were somehow derived. A small number of them are inscribed with the answers to their questions and eventual outcomes. The inscriptions are some of the earliest examples of Chinese writing. When they were first discovered, what were they believed to be? More...
This Day in History

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species Is Published (1859)

Darwin, a British naturalist, formed the basis of his theories of evolution during his scientific survey expedition to South America aboard the HMS Beagle from 1831–1836. He developed his theory for more than 20 years before publishing it in his famous On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859. Darwin's controversial theory was quickly accepted in most scientific circles. What three words were added to the final sentence of the second edition of Darwin's book? More...
Today's Birthday

Dale Carnegie (1888)

Born into poverty, Carnegie worked as a traveling salesman before he began teaching public speaking at a YMCA in New York City in 1912. His classes were extremely successful, and he was soon lecturing to packed houses. To standardize his teaching methods, he began publishing pamphlets, which he collected into book form. His hugely popular How To Win Friends and Influence People won him a national following. How many people are said to have taken his courses during his lifetime? More...
Quotation of the Day
We called him Tortoise because he taught us.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

a gong show

A wild, chaotic, ridiculous, and/or disastrous event. Sometimes written as "gongshow." From the 1976–1978 television show The Gong Show, an amateur talent contest in which judges would end particularly bad acts by striking a giant gong. Primarily heard in Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Thanksgiving (United States) (2016)

The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious and occurred on December 4, 1619, but most Americans think of the first "official" Thanksgiving as the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621—a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. Today, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions and traditions, most of which center around the preparation of an elaborate meal featuring turkey and a dozen or so accompanying dishes. The widespread sales that begin in stores the next day mark the start of the Christmas shopping season. More...
In the News

Brutal Dolphin Killers Being Sought

Since 1972, the hunting or killing of marine mammals has been prohibited by the US. Harming one carries a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail term of up to one year, yet some people remain undeterred. In the past year, there has been a spate of dolphin killings and mutilations along the Gulf Coast. Several dolphins have been found with bullet wounds, one was found with a screwdriver in its head, and at least one other had its tail hacked off while it was still alive. Officials are now investigating the incidents, and animal conservation groups are offering rewards for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible. More...
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