Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

apropos

Definition:(adjective) Being at once opportune and to the point.
Synonyms:relevant, timely
Usage: His book about safe investment, published right before the stock market crash, was more apropos than he expected.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Phrases

An adjective phrase is an adjective and any additional information linked to it that work together to describe a noun or pronoun in a sentence. How does an adjective phrase differ from an adjectival phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Bioluminescence

Fireflies light up due to bioluminescence: the ability of living organisms to convert chemical energy to light energy. Bioluminescence is also exhibited by some fungi, mollusks, and worms, and bioluminescent fish are common in the ocean's depths, likely because the light aids in species recognition in the darkness. Other animals use luminescence in courtship and mating, to divert predators, or to attract prey. Why is most marine bioluminescence in the blue and green part of the spectrum? More...
This Day in History

The Dalton Gang Holds Up Its First Train (1891)

After US Marshall Frank Dalton was killed in the line of duty, three of his nine brothers—Bob, Grat, and Emmett—became lawmen themselves. However, they soon decided that they preferred the other side of the law. Aided by another Dalton brother, Bill, the gang held up its first train in 1891. It did not go well. Undeterred, the brothers embarked on a train-robbing spree across much of the western US, which ended when the townspeople of Coffeyville, Kansas, saw through what unsuccessful disguise? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Leakey (1913)

The daughter of an artist, Leakey had little formal education, but her love of archaeology led her to work on excavations, initially as an illustrator. Digging in Africa—often with her husband, fellow archaeologist Louis Leakey—she made some of anthropology's most significant finds, including a 20-million-year-old skull and a set of hominid footprints preserved in volcanic ash. When she was a youth, what incident resulted in her being expelled from a convent school for the second time? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

lose no time (in) doing (something)

To do something immediately or as expediently as possible. More...
Today's Holiday

Sàmi National Holiday (2018)

The Sàmi people are indigenous to the arctic area of the Nordic countries. At the end of the 1800s, the Norwegian government implemented policies of Norwegianization. However, attitudes changed by the mid-1950s, and Norwegian authorities recognized the importance of maintaining the Sàmi culture. February 6 is recognized as Sàmi National Holiday in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This day is full of activities that celebrate the Sàmi culture. First celebrated in 1993, it has become a popular event and a time for the indigenous Sàmi people to celebrate their cultural identity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laugh

deride - From Latin de-, "completely," and ridere, "laugh at." More...

keak - To cackle, laugh at. More...

fleer - To laugh in a disrespectful or jeering way. More...

flizzen - To laugh with the whole face. More...

In the News

"Python Patrols" to Wrangle Florida Snakes

Florida wildlife officials have begun training civilian "python patrols" to help in the fight against the invasive snake species that plague the state's southern half, including the Everglades. Volunteers can hunt for snakes in approved areas after completing a class in which they learn to identify and safely capture them. Florida is home to roughly 150,000 Burmese pythons, which are now considered established. Officials hope to contain a smaller population of North African rock pythons just miles from downtown Miami, but critics say the volunteer program is dangerous and will be ineffective. More...
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