Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

malign

Definition:(verb) Speak unfavorably about.
Synonyms:badmouth, drag through the mud, traduce
Usage: He is always maligning his wife when she is not around, telling people what a bad spouse and mother she is.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are one of the four main sentence structures. They are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance. What is used to join these clauses? More...
Article of the Day

US Route 666

Renamed US Route 491 in 2003, US Route 666 was originally nicknamed "Devil's Highway" because of the common Christian belief that 666 is the number of the beast. First commissioned in 1926, the route, which runs from New Mexico to Utah, was given its infamous name because it was the sixth spur along the highway's parent US Route 66. Officials changed the name because its signs were among those most frequently stolen. What happened within days of the announcement that US 666 would be renumbered? More...
This Day in History

BBC Report: Spaghetti Grows on Trees (1957)

An estimated 8 million unsuspecting viewers were watching the BBC's trusted current affairs program Panorama when it aired one of the first televised hoaxes in history, a 3-minute report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest. Afterwards, the station received calls from hundreds of curious viewers, including some who wanted information on cultivating their own spaghetti plants. In the report, the year's abundant spaghetti crop was attributed to a mild winter and the near-elimination of what pest? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Germain (1776)

Growing up during the French Revolution, a young Germain turned to her father's library for entertainment and discovered a passion for mathematics. Despite facing opposition due to her gender, the self-taught Germain was eventually able to attend the lectures of the French Academy of Sciences. She corresponded by mail with a number of prominent mentors, including mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, by using a male pseudonym. How did Gauss discover that Germain was a woman? More...
Quotation of the Day
Envy is ignorance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

many happy returns of the day

I wish you a very happy birthday and many more like it in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Easter (Hollywood, California) (2018)

The early Christians believed that on Easter morning, the sun danced in honor of the resurrection of Christ, which led to the custom of rising before dawn to witness the phenomenon. At the Hollywood Bowl, a huge outdoor amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills, California, the Easter sunrise service is attended by about 30,000 people, who spend the night in the stadium. About 50,000 calla lilies decorate the stage, where a huge choir and a symphony orchestra perform the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah and traditional Easter hymns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: incapable

impassible, impassable - Impassible is incapable of feeling or suffering; impassable is not capable of being passed. More...

impregnable - Means "incapable of being taken by force" (from French prendre, "seize"). More...

indefatigable - Means "incapable of being wearied." More...

inimitable - Means "unique; incapable of being imitated." More...

In the News

Yucky ducky? Study reveals bath toys contain bacteria, fungus

Scientists have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are -- as some parents have long suspected -- a haven for nasty bugs. Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ... More...
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