Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 1, 2014)
Word of the Day

reprehensible

Definition:(adjective) Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure.
Synonyms:condemnable, deplorable
Usage: I must apologize for my children's reprehensible behavior, which I assure you will not go unpunished.
Article of the Day

The San Andreas Fault

Formed around 30 million years ago, California's San Andreas Fault is a major zone of fractures in the Earth's crust extending from San Francisco to San Diego. The fault causes several thousand earthquakes a year, but few are serious. It was first identified in northern California by geology professor Andrew Lawson in 1895. After the 1906 San Francisco quake, he discovered that the fault continues through southern California. What city along the fault regularly endures magnitude 6.0 temblors? More...
This Day in History

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Takes Effect (1994)

Signed by Canada, Mexico, and the US, NAFTA created the world's largest free-trade area. The agreement immediately lifted tariffs on the majority of goods produced by the signatory nations, and it called for the gradual elimination of most of the remaining barriers to cross-border investment and to the movement of goods and services among the three countries. Critics claim that NAFTA has led to job loss in the US due to the prevalence of maquiladoras, which are what? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Stieglitz (1864)

Stieglitz was the first art photographer in the US. More than any other American, he compelled the recognition of photography as a fine art. After editing a series of photography magazines, he established the famous gallery "291" in New York City. The gallery soon broadened its scope from fine-art photography and introduced to the US works by members of the modern French art movement, including Cézanne and Picasso. It also exhibited the works of what American artist whom Stieglitz later married? More...
Quotation of the Day
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man, and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.

John Filson (1747-1788)

Idiom of the Day

take the high road

To choose the most noble, ethical, or diplomatic course or method, especially after or in the face of negativity or ill treatment. More...
Today's Holiday

Bom Jesus dos Navegantes (2017)

In Salvador, Brazil, the festival known as Bom Jesus dos Navegantes is celebrated on New Year's Day. A procession of small boats decorated with flags and streamers carries a statue of the Lord Jesus of Seafarers from the main harbor to the outlying beach of Boa Viagem. Thousands of spectators line Salvador's beaches to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. According to legend, sailors participating in the event will never die by drowning. A similar procession takes place on the same day in Angra dos Reis, 90 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. More...
In the News

US Chicken Contamination Widespread

A recent study found that almost all of the raw chicken breast in the US is contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and about half carries a "superbug," that is, a bacterium resistant to multiple antibiotics. The findings bolster calls for curbing the use of these drugs in livestock. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to cut the non-medical use of antibiotics in livestock over the next three years. Some consumer groups feel that the plan does not go far enough and are calling on the American government to pass stricter legislation regulating antibiotics on farms. More...
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