Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

monotonous

Definition:(adjective) Tediously repetitious or lacking in variety.
Synonyms:humdrum
Usage: Spending eight hours a day on an assembly line is monotonous work, but I am grateful to have a job.
Article of the Day

Manhattan's Five Points

Five Points was a notorious New York City slum centered on a five-cornered intersection in what is now Foley Square. The neighborhood, home to the infamous "gangs of New York," was created in the early 1800s after Collect Pond was filled, creating a swamp and prompting its more affluent inhabitants to move amid declining conditions. Heavily populated by free African Americans and Irish immigrants, Five Points was an early example of racial integration in the US. What form of dance emerged there? 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
Nothing in the world is harder than speaking the truth and nothing easier than flattery.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

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

Spare the Rod Lest You Spoil the Child

Evidence is mounting that parents should not put too much stock in the age-old adage "spare the rod and spoil the child." In a recent study, researchers linked spanking in early childhood to later behavior problems, aggressiveness, and even slight vocabulary deficits. Experts suspect that children who are spanked are more inclined to use their fists rather than their words to solve problems because this is the sort of behavior that has been modeled for them. It is less evident why spanking might hinder vocabulary development, but one possibility is that parents who spank may speak to their children less often than parents who use other forms of discipline. More...
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