Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

subsist

Definition:(verb) Support oneself.
Synonyms:exist, survive, live
Usage: I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet.
Article of the Day

Daedalus

In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a brilliant craftsman whose inventions often went awry. On Crete, he inadvertently helped create the fearsome Minotaur. At the order of King Minos, he built a labyrinth to contain the monster, but Theseus successfully navigated it to kill the beast. While imprisoned by Minos, Daedalus crafted wings of wax and feathers so he and his son Icarus could escape. Sadly, Icarus fell to his death when the sun melted his wings. Why had Daedalus originally fled to Crete? 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
All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

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

Fainting and Fear as "Dead Man" Interrupts His Own Wake

Mourners in Brazil got the shock of their lives when the man they were mourning showed up at his own wake over the weekend. Some fled in fear while others simply fainted at the appearance of 41-year-old car washer Gilberto Araujo. As it turns out, the "undead" man had never been dead in the first place—it was all a case of mistaken identity that began at the mortuary, when a murder victim was incorrectly identified as Araujo and released to his family for burial. More...
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