Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

cultivator

Definition:(noun) Someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil.
Synonyms:agriculturalist, grower, raiser
Usage: He soon became a land-holder, then a prosperous cultivator of the soil, and shortly after a town-officer.
Article of the Day

The Black Cat

Throughout history, many cultures have held negative superstitions about black cats, often associating the animals with witches, the devil, and omens of evil. Though black cats are actually considered good luck in a minority of countries, superstitions about bad luck striking those who have had one cross their path widely persist today. Black cats have even been found to have lower odds of adoption in American shelters than felines of other colors. What color is even less likely to be adopted? More...
This Day in History

Quasi-War between the US and France Unofficially Begins (1798)

France was a major US ally during the American Revolutionary War, but relations between the two countries soured in the wake of the French Revolution and the Jay Treaty between the US and Britain. The US refused to pay debts to the new French Republic, while the Jay Treaty granted the US trading privileges with Britain. The French Navy began seizing American trading ships, and the Quasi-War, also known as the Pirate Wars, resulted, lasting from 1798 to 1800. What ended the undeclared war? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Mahler (1860)

Mahler was an Austrian composer and conductor. After studying in Vienna, he conducted at numerous prominent opera houses where his high standards became legendary, but his refusal to compromise aroused intense personal opposition. He composed in his free time, mostly during the summer, and completed nine symphonies in his lifetime. The biggest success of his career—the 1910 premiere of his eighth symphony—was overshadowed by Mahler's discovery of his wife's affair with what famous architect? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems that a man is meant to live only one life in this world. When he tries to live a second, he develops another nature.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

Calgary Stampede (2020)

The 10-day Calgary Stampede is Canada's largest rodeo event, offering a world-class rodeo competition in saddle bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, and bull riding, as well as a chuck wagon race that carries a $175,000 prize. Most of the rodeo events are held in the 130-acre Stampede Park in downtown Calgary, but there's also a Wild West town called Weadickville (named for Guy Weadick, who founded the event in 1912), an Indian Village populated by representatives of five Indian tribes from the nearby Plains, a Frontier Casino, and agricultural and livestock exhibits. More...
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