Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

jurist

Definition:(noun) A public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice.
Synonyms:judge, magistrate, justice
Usage: A very humane jurist once said, "The worst use you can put a man to is to hang him."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Semi-Modal Auxiliary Verbs

Semi-modal auxiliary verbs, often simply called semi-modal verbs, are verbs that sometimes behave like modal auxiliary verbs. What four verbs are widely considered the standard set of semi-modal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Capgras Delusion

The Capgras Delusion is a rare disorder in which a person holds the delusional belief that an acquaintance—usually a spouse or other close family member—has been replaced by an identical impostor. Found in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, dementia, or those suffering from a brain injury, the disorder is named after Joseph Capgras, the French psychiatrist who first described it in 1923. What have researchers since learned about the disorder? More...
This Day in History

Raytheon Patents Percy Spencer's Microwave (1945)

Self-taught engineer Percy Spencer discovered the cooking potential of microwaves in the 1940s. While working on magnetrons for the Raytheon Company, he noticed that a peanut butter chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He determined that microwaves emitted from his magnetrons had cooked the candy bar and confirmed this theory by testing it on popcorn. Raytheon patented Spencer's microwave oven in 1945 and put it on the market in 1947. What was the first food to explode in a microwave? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890)

A skilled American racecar driver, Rickenbacker entered World War I as a driver but soon became a fighter pilot. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and the moniker "Ace of Aces." After a failed foray into automobile manufacturing, he ran several airlines for General Motors and eventually acquired one of them. In 1942, his plane was lost while on a tour of military bases in the Pacific, and he was presumed dead, but he was rescued after how many days adrift? More...
Quotation of the Day
An absolute monarchy is one in which the sovereign does as he pleases so long as he pleases the assassins.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be sick to death of (something)

To be or become exceedingly wearied by, bored of, or exasperated with something. More...
Today's Holiday

Taiiku-no-Hi (Health and Sports Day) (2018)

Taiiku-no-Hi, or Health and Sports Day, is a national legal holiday in Japan set aside to promote good physical and emotional health through athletic activity. Since 1966 it has been observed on the anniversary of the first day of the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 1964. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: musical instrument

piano word - One in which all of its letters can be played as notes on a musical instrument (e.g. cabbage). More...

cord, chord - Cord comes from Greek khorde, "gut, string of a musical instrument," and chord is a refashioning of cord. More...

sweet potato - An informal name for the ocarina, a musical instrument. More...

tone color - The same as timbre, the quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. More...

In the News

What's the Longest Humans Can Live? 115 Years, New Study Says

On Aug. 4, 1997, Jeanne Calment passed away in a nursing home in France. The Reaper comes for us all, of course, but he was in no hurry for Mrs. Calment. She died at age 122, setting a record for human longevity. Jan Vijg doubts we will see the likes of her ... More...
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