Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

windbreaker

Definition:(noun) A trademark used for a warm outer jacket having close-fitting, often elastic, cuffs and waistband.
Synonyms:anorak, parka, windcheater
Usage: George's windbreaker was torn, and he shivered in the cold night air.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Inflection

Regular inflection is governed by consistent, predictable rules. Irregular inflection doesn’t seem to follow any rules or conventions at all. What are some examples of irregular inflection? More...
Article of the Day

The Incandescent Light Bulb

Now the iconic symbol for an idea, the electric incandescent light bulb was independently produced in the late 1870s by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison—and perhaps earlier by others. However, Edison has received the major credit for this invention because he also developed the power lines and other equipment needed for a lighting system. Financed by the likes of J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts, Edison achieved success using a carbon filament in his design. How do incandescent light bulbs work? More...
This Day in History

11-Year-Old Grace Bedell Urges Abraham Lincoln to Grow a Beard (1860)

A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the US, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent him a letter urging him to grow a beard to win over voters. Bedell claimed that "all the ladies like whiskers" and would urge their husbands to vote for a bearded Lincoln. Days later, Lincoln drafted a noncommittal response in which he wondered whether such a change in appearance would be well received. Within months, he was sporting his now-iconic beard. What did he say when he later met Bedell? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880)

A Scottish paleobotanist whose first marriage was annulled—and allegedly never consummated—Stopes went on to publish a controversial yet highly influential sex manual, Married Love, in 1918. Thereafter, she became a pioneer in the field of family planning, opening the first birth-control clinic in the British Empire in 1921. Stopes helped break down taboos and improve women's reproductive health, but her support of what field of reproductive science has somewhat marred her reputation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

snow on the mountain

Silver, grey, or white hair on one's head, as due to aging. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamaica National Heroes Day (2018)

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: runner

runner - A blade of a skate or sled. The supports on which a drawer slides are also called runners. More...

dromedary, Bactrian - A one-hump camel is a dromedary (from Latin, meaning "swift camel," from Greek dromas, "runner") and a two-hump camel is a Bactrian (from Bactria in Asia). More...

cursor - First meant "runner" or "running messenger" and is now the moving/movable indicator on a computer screen. More...

dromomania - A mania for roaming or running, from Latin dromas. More...

In the News

"Supercoiled" DNA Puts the Simple Double Helix to Shame

When most of us think of DNA, we think of that iconic double helix shape. But when you zoom out, DNA gets a lot more complicated. "When Watson and Crick described the DNA double helix, they were looking at a tiny part of a real genome, only about one ... More...
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