Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

runoff

Definition:(noun) The occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity.
Synonyms:overflow, overspill
Usage: Our basement flooded with runoff from the nearby creek after the torrential downpour.
Article of the Day

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is a boardsport on snow similar to skiing, but it came about as an idea for a combination of surfing and skateboarding. In 1998, it became a medal-eligible sport in the Winter Olympic Games. What are the different types of snowboarding? More...
This Day in History

New York Stock Exchange Is Founded (1817)

The first agreement to form a stock exchange in New York was made in 1792 by 24 brokers standing under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street. The New York Stock Exchange was formally founded 25 years later. The exchange provided capital for the industrialization of the US in the 19th century and is today the world's largest securities market. The right to trade in the exchange can only be obtained by purchasing a seat from an existing member, and the number of seats is limited to how many? More...
Today's Birthday

Anselm Kiefer (1945)

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th-century neoexpressionism, Anselm Kiefer is a German painter and sculptor. In 1966, he abandoned law studies to pursue art. He studied with Joseph Beuys in the 1970s and began producing artwork that dealt starkly with taboos and dark periods in German history. His later works address mythological, classical, and biblical subjects. Kiefer's large-scale paintings are characterized by a somber color palette and the use of what unusual materials? More...
Quotation of the Day
One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

honours are even

Both sides are equally matched; the contest is equal or level; neither side has been victorious. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Juan de Dios (2017)

San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) was born in Portugal in 1495. A religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers, was founded in his honor, and thereafter he was known as John of God and the patron saint of hospitals. In Puno, Peru, San Juan de Dios is celebrated with a two-day fiesta. On March 7, llamas bring in wood for bonfires in a parade with flute and drum music, and in the evening bonfires blaze. The next day, his feast day, a procession takes the saint's image through the streets of Puno, and dancers and musicians create a festive atmosphere around the church. More...
In the News

Food Security Threatened by Globalized Diets

Traditional crops and diets around the globe are falling victim to globalization. Over the past five decades, diets have become 36 percent more similar. At the same time, farmers are increasingly giving up traditional crops, like cassava, sorghum, and millet, in favor of things like wheat, rice, soybeans, and sunflowers. This trend of cultivating less diverse food crops poses a threat to food security, as a single pest or disease has the potential to wipe out crops on a mass scale. Furthermore, though these staple crops have played a major role in combating hunger, they are also contributing to the rapid rise of obesity. More...
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