Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 2, 2012)
Word of the Day

delegacy

Definition:(noun) A group of representatives or delegates.
Synonyms:deputation, mission, commission
Usage: The Finnish delegacy arrived on Estonian soil early this morning and was greeted by a number of government officials.
Article of the Day

British East India Company

Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, the British East India Company was founded to break the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade. It gradually acquired unequalled trade privileges in India, reaping huge profits. Guarding against foreign and domestic competition, it began to intervene in Indian politics, sometimes with military force. The British government came to increasingly control the company. What prompted the government to finally take over the company—and India—in 1858? More...
This Day in History

First Wal-Mart Store Opens in Rogers, Arkansas (1962)

Now the world's largest corporation, the Walmart chain of superstores was founded by Sam Walton, a former US Army Captain with an economics degree. Walton owned and ran a chain of five-and-dime stores in Arkansas before he opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962. In the 50 years since, the company, which sells brand-name goods in high volume at low prices, has flourished. It now has 8,500 stores operating in over a dozen countries. What was the last US state to get a Walmart? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Hesse (1877)

Hesse was German novelist and poet who wrote about the individual's search for spiritual fulfillment, often through mysticism. His major works include Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. At around the time of his death in 1962, his novels began to enjoy a revival of popularity due to their association with some of the themes of the 1960s counterculture movement. What fellow German writers did Hesse help to escape from the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Idiom of the Day

it ain't over till/until the fat lady sings

The final outcome cannot be assumed or determined until a given situation, event, etc., is completely finished. ("Ain't" is a colloquial contraction of "is not.") The phrase refers to the stereotypically overweight female sopranos of the opera, particularly the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, whose aria concludes Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is often used in reference to organized competitions, such as sporting events, political elections, or the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Fillmore Jazz Festival (2017)

Sponsored by the Fillmore Merchants Association in San Francisco, California, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the western United States. The festival comprises two full days and nights of musical entertainment on three stages, held on the weekend closest to Independence Day. In addition to offering performances of standards from the 20th-century golden age of jazz, the lineup features local and national acts offering funk, fusion, salsa, Afro-rhythms, and R&B. More...
In the News

Chinese Cooked in Cauldrons 20,000 Years Ago

An ancient cauldron unearthed by archeologists in China is an astounding 20,000 years old. Until recently, it was widely believed that pottery vessels for food were only invented after the development of agriculture, when people were transitioning to a more settled way of life. Experts reasoned that the large, fragile objects would be impractical for more nomadic hunter-gatherer societies. Yet, over the past decade, there have been a number of finds that challenge this theory and collectively push back the invention of pottery by 10,000 years. The Chinese cauldron indicates that people were probably cooking their food or brewing alcohol in pottery at least 8,000 years before the development of agriculture. More...
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