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Energy Drinks and Teens

If your teen frequently consumes energy drinks, this could be a red flag that he or she engages in other risky behaviors. A Canadian study found that high school students who reported a higher frequency of energy drink use were more likely to also feel depressed, engage in risk-taking behaviors, drink alcohol, and use drugs. Energy drinks' marketing campaigns may be somewhat to blame for the association, as they are designed make the products seem extreme and exciting. This likely increases their appeal to young people, especially those already prone to sensation seeking. More ... Discuss


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Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages begin to identify with and grow sympathetic toward their captors. Its name comes from a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, after which hostages expressed positive feelings toward their captor, despite having been held for 131 hours in a vault. The syndrome received widespread media attention not long after, when well-known kidnap victim Patty Hearst helped her captors rob a bank. What is Lima Syndrome? More... Discuss


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When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Victor Hugo


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Definition: (adjective) With no effort to conceal.
Synonyms: bald
Usage: They attacked him in various ways—with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all.


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Today's Birthday

Alexander III of Russia (1845)

Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. As ruler, he sought to counteract what he considered the excessive liberalism of his father's reign and pursued a reactionary policy that promoted Russification and the persecution of religious minorities. Still, economic policy during Alexander's rule enabled rapid industrial development and allowed Russia to begin building the Trans-Siberian Railroad. To which of Alexander's relatives was his wife, Dagmar, originally engaged? More... Discuss


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This Day in History

Batista Leads a Successful Coup in Cuba (1952)

Fulgencio Batista worked his way up through the Cuban army ranks before participating in a coup to oust the Céspedes government and install Ramón Grau as president in 1933. Just months later, however, Batista forced Grau's resignation and became Cuba's de facto ruler. After a period of exile beginning in 1944, Batista returned to Cuba and led a coup to seize power. His second term as president was marked by brutal repression, which sparked several uprisings, including one led by whom? More... Discuss




Today in History - March 17th, 2014


1762 - New York City staged the first parade honoring the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It was led by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.

1776 - The Continental Army under Gen. George Washington forced British troops to evacuate Boston.

1901 - 71 paintings by the late Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh were shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris and caused a sensation across the art world.

1945 - The bloody World War II battle against Japanese forces for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima ended in victory for the United States.

1958 - The U.S. Navy launched the satellite Vanguard 1 into orbit around the Earth.

1978 - The tanker Amoco Cadiz ran aground on the coast of Brittany in France, eventually spilling 220,000 tons of crude oil.

1992 - South African whites voted to end minority rule.

1992 - 10 people were killed and at least 126 injured in a bomb blast that destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1999 - The International Olympic Committee voted to expel six members in connection with the bribery scandal related to the effort by Salt Lake City to win the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Five other IOC members had earlier resigned.

2000 - Smith & Wesson, the nation's oldest and largest maker of handguns, agreed to a wide array of restrictions in exchange for ending some lawsuits that threatened to bankrupt the company.

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