Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 4, 2017)
Word of the Day

impasse

Definition:(noun) A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made.
Synonyms:dead end, deadlock, stalemate, standstill
Usage: The board members reached an impasse in the negotiations and took a break to get coffee and donuts.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Periods with Abbreviations

While the period is most commonly used to mark the end of a sentence, it is also used to mark abbreviations. In addition to standard abbreviations (words that are shortened by omitting one or more letters), there are also three sub-categories that can use periods. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Military Dolphins

Several militaries have developed programs that train dolphins to perform a variety of tasks, such as rescuing divers and locating underwater mines. The US Navy's Marine Mammal Program, which played a role in both the Gulf and Iraq Wars, is comprised of approximately 75 dolphins. Rumors abound regarding the use of these mammals, and while the US denies training them to harm humans in any way, it was reported in 2000 that dolphins trained to kill by the Russian Navy had been sold to what country? More...
This Day in History

T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant Explosion (1918)

On the night of October 4, 1918, an explosion rocked the T.A. Gillespie Company's ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, one of the largest such plants in the world at the time. The blast triggered a series of explosions, which continued for three days, killing 100 people. Sayreville and nearby South Amboy and Perth Amboy were evacuated, displacing about 62,000 people who thus became more vulnerable to the catastrophic flu epidemic of 1918. What remnant of the accident was found in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlton Heston (1923?)

An iconic Hollywood leading man and six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, Heston distinguished himself as an actor playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, and Ben-Hur. The strapping performer also used his sonorous voice to speak out against racism and other political issues of his day. A staunch opponent of gun control, he made what phrase famous at a 2000 National Rifle Association convention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Even in a minute instance, it is best to look first to the main tendencies of Nature. A particular flower may not be dead in early winter, but the flowers are dying; a particular pebble may never be wetted with the tide, but the tide is coming in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

sit a spell

To sit down, relax, and socialize for a while at one's leisure. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Peace Day (2018)

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution, funded by the United States Congress to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts; it played an instrumental role in brokering the peace in Mozambique. On October 4, 1992, Joaquim Alberto Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique, signed the Mozambique General Peace Agreement in Rome and essentially put an end to the country's civil war. To commemorate this day, the Republic of Mozambique has declared October 4 as Peace Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tortoise

shellpad - Another name for a tortoise. More...

testudinate - Means "slow-moving; like a turtle," from Latin testudo, "tortoise," and also describes something curved or vaulted like a turtle shell. More...

Galapagos Islands - Named for the massive tortoises living there, from Old Spanish galapago, "tortoise." More...

turtle, tortoise, terrapin - Turtle is applied to those living in water and tortoise to those that live on land, while terrapins live in fresh water; turtle and tortoise may come from the Latin root tort, with reference to the animals' twisted feet. More...

In the News

Symptoms of Dementia: Study Finds Inability to Smell Peppermint Linked to Disease

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with an annual research budget of around $480 million, according to the Alzheimer's Association. But the "holy grail" of contemporary dementia research is determining the risk ... More...
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