Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 26, 2018)
Word of the Day

mound

Definition:(noun) A collection of objects laid on top of each other.
Synonyms:cumulation, heap, pile, cumulus, agglomerate
Usage: At one point upon the bosom of the Thames there rises a few feet above the water a single, disintegrating mound of masonry.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Describing a Future Fact with the Future Simple Tense

The future simple tense can be used in a few different ways to describe things that have not happened yet. What is the verb in future simple tense in the following sentence? "I will drive to work tomorrow, if you want a ride." More...
Article of the Day

Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a substance secreted by the pharyngeal glands of worker bees. Although it is fed to all young larvae in a colony, only those destined to be queens get to consume it exclusively and in large quantities. This rapid, early feeding triggers the development of reproductive structures unique to queen bees. Royal jelly is found in various beauty products and is also marketed as a dietary supplement that may provide certain health benefits because it contains what substances? More...
This Day in History

Decomposing Whale Explodes on Crowded Taiwan Street (2004)

After a sperm whale became beached on the coast of Taiwan, researchers decided to perform an autopsy on the creature to determine its cause of death—later found to have been a collision with a ship. It took three cranes half a day to load the whale onto a truck, during which time gas continued to build up in the decomposing carcass. While passing through Tainan on the way to a wildlife preserve, the whale exploded, spattering onlookers and nearby cars with gore. Where else have whales exploded? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Augusta von Trapp (1905)

Born in Austria and orphaned at a young age, Maria Kutschera planned to become a nun in Salzburg. Instead, she met Baron Georg von Trapp while tutoring one of his seven children. They were married in 1927 and had three children together. After financial trouble, the family began to sing professionally, then fled Nazi Europe for the US. Today, the family operates a lodge in Vermont. Maria's 1949 memoir was adapted into The Sound of Music. What became of the family's home in Austria? More...
Quotation of the Day
People who love downy peaches are apt not to think of the stone, and sometimes jar their teeth terribly against it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

look (someone) off

In sports, especially American football, to mislead an opponent with one's eyes as to one's intentions in a given play. More...
Today's Holiday

Uganda Liberation Day (2018)

This day marks the events of January 26, 1986, when the military junta controlling Uganda was overthrown by the National Resistance Army following a five-year civil war. On the evening before the celebration, fireworks are exploded over the capital city of Kampala. The next day, a parade involving all branches of the Uganda military is held either at the Kololo Independence grounds or at the Kololo airfield, just outside Kampala. The country's president presides over the occasion. Throughout the country, the general public marks the day with sporting events and hearty feasts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poetry

found poem - A passage within prose that unintentionally reads like poetry. More...

stich - A line of poetry. More...

free verse - Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter. More...

metrophobia - The fear of poetry. More...

In the News

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes

A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population. The deaths were found to be ... More...
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