Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

beebread

Definition:(noun) A brownish substance consisting of a mixture of pollen and honey and used by bees as food.
Synonyms:ambrosia
Usage: The worker bees prepared the beebread, which was then fed to the larvae.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Present Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the present tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to the present moment in time. What is the present simple structure used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Terror Behind the Walls

Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, which operated from 1829-1970, is considered the world's first penitentiary. Its revolutionary incarceration system used solitary confinement to rehabilitate inmates, but it is believed that this led to significant mental illness rather than the intended spiritual reflection. The prison now operates as a museum and hosts over 74,000 visitors at its annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. How did bank robber Willie Sutton escape the prison in 1945? More...
This Day in History

Maxentius Becomes Emperor of Rome (306 CE)

Shortly after Roman co-emperors Diocletian and Maximian retired, Maximian's successor, Constantius, died. The Romans, discontented with the shift of power away from Rome, supported Maximian's son, Maxentius, who claimed the throne. His father came out of retirement to help him when Severus and Galerius claimed the throne and tried to overthrow him. Severus was compelled to surrender, and Galerius withdrew. Maxentius and his father fell out, however, and Maxentius was defeated by whom in 312 CE? More...
Today's Birthday

Auguste Escoffier (1846)

Escoffier was a legendary French chef credited with inventing peach Melba and other classic dishes. He began his career in his uncle's kitchen, and by the time he retired some 60 years later, he had directed the kitchens of several grand European hotels and earned himself a reputation as the "Emperor of Chefs." In 1903, he published Le Guide Culinaire, which contains 5,000 recipes and is still used today as both a cookbook and cooking textbook. How did peach Melba get its name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

Peter Pan syndrome

A psychological state or condition in which a grown person cannot or refuses to act like an adult; a stubborn and persistent immaturity found in an adult person. More...
Today's Holiday

Ochi Day (2018)

Ochi Day is a national holiday in Greece, commemorating the day during World War II when Greeks said "ochi" ("no") to an attempted incursion ordered by Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. On October 28, 1940, the Italian ambassador to Greece called on Gen. Ioannis Metaxas, the prime minister, to demand that Italian troops be allowed to occupy areas in Greece. Metaxas curtly responded, "Ochi." The Italians invaded, but were routed by the Greeks. Ochi Day is observed in Greece with military and school parades; it is also a public holiday celebrated in Cyprus with parades. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: teaching

clinic - First meant "teaching of medicine at the bedside." More...

didactics - The art or science of teaching. More...

ear training - In music, it is the teaching of pitch and rhythm recognition. More...

hypnopedia - Teaching during sleep. More...

In the News

Mysterious Space Object Set to Enter Earth's Atmosphere Next Month

A mysterious piece of space junk dubbed WT1190F will enter Earth's atmosphere on Friday Nov. 13, scientists say, plunging into the Indian Ocean about 62 miles off the coast of Sri Lanka. The object, which was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, is ... More...
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