Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

tacit

Definition:(adjective) Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.
Synonyms:understood, silent
Usage: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.
Article of the Day

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim is a modern art museum located in New York City. It is named for its benefactor, art collector Solomon Guggenheim. Founded in the 1930s, it is known for its remarkable circular building designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The structure resembles a white ribbon spiraling upward and outward in a smooth coil of white concrete. It has no separate floors but instead uses a spiral ramp, realizing Wright's ideal of a continuous space. Why has Wright's design been criticized? More...
This Day in History

The Morant Bay Rebellion (1865)

Jamaica was once a leading sugar producer, but the 1833 abolition of slavery there along with unfavorable British tax reforms led to the industry's decline. The resulting economic hardship was one of the prime motives behind the Morant Bay rebellion, which began as a gathering of several hundred black protesters but became a violent riot after a volunteer militia fired upon them. The British ruthlessly quelled the uprising and forced the legislature to surrender its powers, making Jamaica what? More...
Today's Birthday

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884)

Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of US president Theodore Roosevelt, was an active worker in social causes before she married future US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1905. When her husband was stricken with polio in 1921, she took a more active interest in public issues in order to restore his links with the world of politics, playing a leading role in humanitarian causes such as child welfare, equal rights, and social reforms. How was she related to her husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Today's Holiday

Círio de Nazaré (2015)

The Brazilian festival known as the Círio de Nazaré is a great "Candle Procession," which attracts pilgrims from all over the country. It has been celebrated since the late 18th century. It traditionally takes place on the second Sunday in October and winds through the city of Belém, Pará, on its way to the Nazaré Basilica. A statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is carried on a wooden framework pulled by thousands of people as payment for prayers that have been answered by the saint. To people in Pará, this festival is on a par with Christmas, with much feasting and exchanging of gifts. More...
In the News

Enough is (Not) Enough

You know that sinking feeling you get when you ravenously tear open a bloated snack bag only to find a whole lot of air and a mere handful of chips lying forlornly at the bottom? Well, a group of South Korean college students finally had enough and decided to air their grievances by building a raft out of 160 sealed bags of potato chips. Two of them then paddled the raft 0.62 miles (1.3 kilometers) across the Han River, supported the entire way by the nitrogen gas sealed inside the chip bags. Korean law requires food content to fill at least 65 percent of a snack bag, but many consumers are convinced that manufacturers are falling short of this benchmark. More...
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