Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

indigen

Definition:(noun) One that is native or indigenous to an area.
Synonyms:aborigine, native
Usage: Because they had physical characteristics known to be conducive to life in the cold, we thought they must be indigens of Alaska.
Article of the Day

The Trojan Room Coffee Pot

The Trojan Room coffee pot, a coffee pot located in the so-called "Trojan Room" of Cambridge University's computer laboratory, inspired the development of world's first webcam in 1991. A camera aimed at the pot allowed people throughout the building—and eventually Internet users worldwide—to see a live image of the coffee pot on their computers and judge whether a trip to the coffee room would be worthwhile at any given moment. What happened to the pot after the webcam was switched off in 2001? More...
This Day in History

Peter Sutcliffe Charged in the "Yorkshire Ripper" Case (1981)

From 1975 to 1981, the Yorkshire area of England was terrorized by a string of murders. Though hundreds of investigators worked to find the killer, they were hampered by false leads, and the case generated so much paperwork that real clues were buried. After Sutcliffe was arrested for having stolen license plates, police noticed his similarity to the killer. What item found in a victim's purse allowed investigators to narrow down the search to a group of 8,000 people—one that included Sutcliffe? More...
Today's Birthday

Alvin Ailey, Jr. (1931)

American choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, Jr., formed his own company, the American Dance Theater—now called the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—in 1958. Multiracial since 1963, Ailey's dance company has been internationally acclaimed and has brought recognition to many African-American and Asian dancers. His works, influenced by jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and modern dance, explore a wide range of black experience, from gospel music to social inequality. What is his most popular work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Today's Holiday

Día de Negritos and Fiesta de los Blanquitos (2021)

In Popayán, Colombia, the Christmas season ends with wild festivities that take place on January 5 and 6. On January 5, known as the Día de Negritos or Day of the Black Ones, boys with black shoe polish chase girls and try to smear them with their blackened hands. There are parades in the afternoon with people in costume and chirimíasi (roving groups of musicians who play traditional Columbian music). The following day, January 6, is known as the Fiesta de los Blanquitos (Festival of the White Ones). Instead of chasing the girls with shoe polish, the boys use talcum powder and flour. More...
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