Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

egoism

Definition:(noun) Concern for your own interests and welfare.
Synonyms:self-centeredness, self-concern, self-interest
Usage: As a man advances in life he grows more selfish; egoism develops, and relaxes all the secondary bonds of affection.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood refers to verbs that are used to describe hypothetical or non-real actions, events, or situations. Verbs do not have different forms to express the subjunctive mood in English. What is done to them to convey the meaning we wish to achieve? More...
Article of the Day

Dung Beetles

As their name suggests, dung beetles feed partly or exclusively on feces. Many dung beetles roll manure into balls—sometimes as large as apples—which they then use as food sources and brooding chambers. They can eat more than their own weight in 24 hours and are considered helpful because they convert manure into substances usable by other organisms. According to estimates, how many millions of dollars do dung beetles save the US cattle industry each year by burying above-ground livestock feces? More...
This Day in History

Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunctions (2004)

Nearly 90 million people watched Super Bowl XXXVIII, and approximately 540,000 of them filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission after Justin Timberlake exposed fellow singer Janet Jackson's breast during the game's halftime show. The incident led to legal action, heavy fines, and a crackdown on aspects of US broadcasting considered indecent. Shortly after the "wardrobe malfunction," a streaker darted onto the field in an unrelated stunt. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Johannes Trithemius (1462)

In 1482, 20-year-old scholar Johannes Trithemius was traveling home from university when a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in the Benedictine abbey at Sponheim, Germany. He decided to stay and was soon elected abbot, whereupon he began transforming the abbey into a place of serious study. Allegations of occultism in his writings led to his resignation, but some of those volumes that were once assumed to be about magic have since been deciphered and are now known to deal with what subject? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the stillest words which bring the storm. Thoughts that come with doves' footsteps guide the world.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

loose talk

Uninhibited, indiscreet talk or conversation, especially as might unintentionally lead to revealing private or sensitive information to others. More...
Today's Holiday

National Freedom Day (2018)

National Freedom Day commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. On that date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making slavery illegal. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the freedom from slavery for all people and to acknowledge the importance of freedom and harmony in American society. Freedom Day is not a federal holiday, and a strong drive is underway to adopt June 19, or Juneteenth, as it is known, as the American holiday to celebrate the end of slavery. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sponge

loofah - Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge. More...

sponge bath - An all-over washing of the body with a sponge or washcloth instead of taking a bath or shower. More...

bibulous - First meant "absorbent, like a sponge," and later figuratively meant "addicted to alcohol." More...

sponge - From Latin spongia, and Greek sphoggos, "water growth." More...

In the News

Why are people so vulnerable to this year's flu epidemic?

While it's nothing out of the ordinary for the common cold to spread far and wide, during the past few months the flu epidemic has reached new levels of severity. Public Health England's most recent weekly national influenza report includes 205 new ... More...
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