Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

virid

Definition:(adjective) Bright green with or as if with vegetation.
Synonyms:verdant
Usage: The lake was virid with bright algae on the surface.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a type of dependent clause that is able to function grammatically like a noun in a sentence. Noun clauses, like all clauses, contain what two things? More...
Article of the Day

Rickshaws

A rickshaw is a small, two-wheeled carriage that is usually drawn by one person. The first rickshaws appeared in Japan around 1868 and became a popular mode of transportation because human labor was considerably cheaper than that of horses. Rickshaws were mainly used in Asia, but nowadays they are outlawed in many places and have been replaced by cycle and auto rickshaws. What is the origin of the carriage's name? More...
This Day in History

Mountainside Collapses on Town in Alberta, Canada (1903)

Before dawn on April 29, 1903, millions of tons of limestone tumbled from the face of Alberta's Turtle Mountain onto the valley below, burying several buildings on the outskirts of the coal mining town of Frank. Though dozens were killed, only a handful of bodies were recovered from the debris. Scientists believe the slide was caused by a number of factors and speculate that another slide will likely occur. What legends about the slide arose in its aftermath and continue to persist today? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, AKA Tammi Terrell (1945)

In his rise to fame, Motown legend Marvin Gaye paired with a number of female vocalists. Among them was the young Tammi Terrell, with whom Gaye recorded several hit duets, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." During a 1967 performance, Terrell collapsed on stage and was discovered to have a brain tumor. Despite several operations, Terrell died at the age of 24, and Gaye took a lengthy hiatus from performing. Whose vocals were rumored to have replaced Terrell's on her final album with Gaye? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

mush (something) up

To mash or crush something into a thick, soft pulp. More...
Today's Holiday

Stockton Asparagus Festival (2018)

This celebration takes place in Stockton, California, the heart of the region that claims to be the "Asparagus Capital of the Nation." The festival began in 1986 and it now draws 80,000 spectators to the region's various events. These include about 50 food booths in Asparagus Alley, a wine-tasting booth, a fun run (some runners wear asparagus spears in their headbands), a car show of some 200 antique and classic cars, live entertainment, and children's activities. There's also a recipe contest; among the past winning entries are enchiladas and lasagna made with asparagus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: remember

moment - To have a moment is to suddenly forget where you are and what's going on; it is also called a bristlecone or a senior moment. More...

absence of mind - The failure to remember what one is doing. More...

brain cloud - The temporary inability to think properly, or to remember something. More...

souvenir - Literally French for "remember," from Latin subvenire, "occur to the mind." More...

In the News

Scientists Find the Origin of Antarctica’s Creepy "Blood Falls"

The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are some of the most extreme desert regions on the planet. But new research indicates that the region may actually be full of salty, extremely cold groundwater. The water may ... More...
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