Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

cerement

Definition:(noun) Burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped.
Synonyms:winding-clothes, pall, shroud
Usage: The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonor to his memory.
Article of the Day

The Marine Chronometer

Before the mid-18th century, navigators were unable to accurately determine their longitude at sea. In an effort to encourage innovators to develop a method for precisely determining a ship’s longitude, the British government began offering a prize in 1714. In 1735, John Harrison invented the first timepiece accurate enough to be used in such calculations. He spent the next 30 years improving his chronometer and was awarded a good deal of money as a result. What do ships use to navigate today? More...
This Day in History

Toronto Stock Exchange Created (1861)

The largest stock exchange in Canada, the Toronto Stock Exchange is the main Canadian exchange for trading large-cap equity securities. In 1997, the exchange moved from traditional floor trading to electronic trading. In 2000, it demutualized to become a for-profit corporation. It is a leader in the oil, gas, and mining industries, with more such companies trading on it than on any other exchange in the world. The Toronto Stock Exchange is also home to all of Canada's "Big Five," which are what? More...
Today's Birthday

Pablo Picasso (1881)

Among the most influential figures in 20th-century art, Picasso was a Spanish-born French artist and a founder of cubism. A prolific artist, he is best known for works from his so-called Blue Period and Rose Period, as well the enormous Guernica, whose violent imagery—inspired by the Spanish Civil War—condemned the useless destruction of life. Often a controversial figure for both his art and his politics, Picasso was once questioned about the theft of what famous painting? More...
Quotation of the Day
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek: your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Saffron Rose Festival (2015)

Saffron, the world's most expensive spice, is harvested from the stigmas of the autumn-flowering Crocus sativus. Much of the world's saffron comes from Spain's La Mancha region. The Saffron Rose Festival held in the town of Consuegra each year celebrates this exotic crop, which must be harvested by hand so that the valuable stigmas are not crumpled. The celebrations include parades and contests, folk dancing, and the crowning of a pageant queen. Costumed characters from Cervantes's 17th-century novel Don Quixote stroll among the crowds who flock to Consuegra for the fiesta. More...
In the News

Few Consumers Read Nutrition Labels

Shoppers may think that they pay attention to nutrition labels when purchasing food, but the results of a new study suggest that many barely give them a glance. Though a third of participants in a recent study reported that they almost always check the calorie contents of food products, eye tracking showed that only nine percent actually did so. Placing nutrition labels in the center of food packaging could increase the likelihood that the labels will be read by consumers, since labels displayed in the center of a computer screen were viewed more often and for longer periods of time than those placed off to the side More...
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