Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 01, 2015)
Word of the Day

squalor

Definition:(noun) A filthy and wretched condition or quality.
Synonyms:sordidness, squalidness
Usage: The squalor in which the refugees lived alarmed the aid workers, who knew they had to work quickly to improve these conditions.
Article of the Day

Ticker-Tape Parades

Ticker-tape parades were originated in New York City by Grover Whalen, the city's official greeter from 1919 to 1953. The welcome ceremonies he staged for Charles Lindbergh and returning soldiers from both world wars, among others, featured a festive snow of confetti—originally ticker-tape from stockbrokers' offices in lower Manhattan—thrown onto the parade from the tall buildings along the route. Today the parades most often fete sports champions. What is the "Canyon of Heroes"? 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
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

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

Stone Age Eats More Than Just Meats

Resolving to go on the Paleo diet in 2015? You may want to rethink what the ancients really ate. The trendy diet calls for people to avoid carbohydrates—including beans and grains—in favor of meat, poultry, and fish, but a recent study suggests that this diet is more limiting than ones actually adhered to in the Paleolithic era. Researchers studying hominid diets from that time period have found them to be quite varied and based on whatever food was available, which, in the case of hunter-gatherers near the equator, was plants—not meat. More...
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