Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

freewheeling

Definition:(adjective) Not concerned with or constrained by rules, conventions, or responsibilities.
Synonyms:devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky, harum-scarum, slaphappy, carefree
Usage: Enjoy your fun while you can because it won't be long before you have to bid farewell to your freewheeling lifestyle and settle down.
Article of the Day

Puget Sound

Puget Sound is an arm of the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern US that extends about 100 miles (160 km) south from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Olympia, Washington. The sound has numerous islands and is navigable for large ships. The Puget Sound lowland, which extends south from the sound, is the most densely populated area of Washington, with Seattle and Tacoma as its principal cities. Puget Sound was discovered in 1792 by English Captain George Vancouver. For whom was it named? 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
How wondrous familiar is a fool!

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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

40 Percent of US Adults Harassed Online

The conversation about bullying often revolves around youngsters, but they are not the only victims. Data show that some 40 percent of US adults face harassment online in the form of name-calling, intentional embarrassment, threats, sexual harassment, and stalking. Of adults targeted in this manner, young adults are the most frequently victimized, with 65 percent reporting being subjected to such harassment. Gender also appears to influence the type of online harassment one faces, with men more likely to experience name-calling and women more likely to be targeted for sexual harassment and stalking. More...
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