National Days Around the World

This week not only marked the beginning of another new year but also brought around the first of the massive slew of national holidays that are celebrated around the globe each year. 1 January marks the date of the national holidays of Cuba (commemorating both its independence from Spain in 1899 and the day in…

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Google Sightseeing: Einstein is Everywhere

Happy Einstein Day, everyone! On this, the 133rd birthday of the legendary theoretical physicist whose name has become literally synonymous with genius (or with sarcasm towards imbecilic actions), I saw it fitting to compose an Albert Einstein-related Google Sightseeing article you can enjoy here.  It’s stunning how co-opted Einstein’s visage has become within popular culture,…

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The Arctic Winter Games

There are numerous multisport events similar to the Olympics held around the world based around regional proximity (e.g., the Asian Games, the Pan American Games), political or linguistic affiliations (e.g., the Commonwealth Games, the Lusophony Games), or cultural affiliation (e.g., Maccabiah Games, North American Indigenous Games).  This week in Whitehorse, Yukon, a multisport event combining…

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The Elfstedentocht

UPDATE (5 FEBRUARY): A recent cold snap with nighttime temperatures below -10 Celsius has raised the possibility of an Elfstedentocht within the next couple of weeks.  A press conference on 6 February will hopefully give an answer as to whether or not the eleven-city race will be held for the first time since 1997. SECOND…

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Mapping World News in December 2011

A super-sized post to kick off the new year.  Happy 2012, everyone! News aggregators are an easy, convenient way to obtain access to headlines from around the globe, but every news site is different.  Some aggregators display hand-picked headlines from various sources; some display headlines selected via computer algorithms; some do both.  There are also,…

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Île Notre-Dame

Montreal in the 1960s was quite the happening place. The Quiet Revolution was under way, rapidly transforming the socio-political culture of Quebec. Skyscrapers were being built at a rapid pace in the downtown core, and major projects initiated and/or supported by Mayor Jean Drapeau were changing the landscape of the city. The two most visible of these projects…

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