Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

swellhead

Definition:(noun) A person regarded as arrogant or conceited.
Synonyms:egoist, egotist
Usage: He was dismissed by many as a swellhead, but his ridiculously high estimation of himself sustained him through all sorts of challenging situations.
Article of the Day

Dark Matter

Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up more than 90% of the mass of the universe but is not readily visible because it neither emits nor absorbs light. Its existence could explain gravitational anomalies observed in the motion and distribution of galaxies. In 1993, astronomers identified part of the dark matter in the form of stray planets and brown dwarfs, and, possibly, stars that have failed to ignite. What acronym is used to refer to this hot, dark matter? 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
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

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

Prehistoric Turtle Had a Snout Like a Pig

"It's one of the weirdest turtles that ever lived," said Joshua Lively, author of a new study on the discovery of a turtle with the snout of a pig that lived 76 million years ago. The ancient turtle lived during the age of dinosaurs, existing alongside ... More...
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