Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

hostler

Definition:(noun) Someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses.
Synonyms:stableboy, groom
Usage: The coachman said not a word, except to swear awfully at the hostler for not bringing him a fresh team of horses.
Article of the Day

Gache

For many centuries, Korean socialites have worn the gache, an elaborate wig decorated with precious jewels and metals. Such wigs were once considered required attire for brides, but their expense was so great that some families had to save for years to obtain one. The opulence of the gache prompted King Jeongjo to ban it in the late 18th century, but not everyone complied. According to one account, a young bride died because her heavy gache broke her neck. How much does such a wig usually weigh? More...
This Day in History

UNESCO Founded (1945)

Established in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to further peace by acting as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and by improving education, especially supporting efforts to eliminate illiteracy. In 1972, it helped establish the World Heritage program, which promotes government protection for cultural sites and natural areas. Why did the US and the UK withdraw from UNESCO in the mid-1980s? More...
Today's Birthday

W. C. Handy (1873)

Largely self-taught, Handy was American songwriter and band leader who began his career as a cornet player in a minstrel show in 1896. He later organized various small bands and was among the first to publish blues sheet music, rising to prominence with his Memphis Blues. In 1918, he moved from Memphis to New York City and remained active as a writer and publisher of music, in spite of growing blindness, until shortly before his death. What are some of Handy's most famous songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good man is a man who is good to us, and a bad man is a man who doesn't do what we want him to.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2015)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916. Since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
In the News

China to Ease One-Child Policy

China introduced its one-child policy in the 1970s in an attempt to prevent its population from growing out of control, but in recent years, experts have increasingly come to believe that the policy is outdated and harmful to the country's economy. Under the policy, urban couples may only have one child unless both parents are only children or belong to an ethnic minority. In such cases, they are permitted a second child. The policy has curbed population growth, but it has also cut China's workforce, undermining economic growth. The government has therefore decided to ease family planning restrictions and allow a second child for couples in which just one of the parents is an only child. More...
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