Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

necrology

Definition:(noun) A notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography.
Synonyms:obituary
Usage: She dreamed of being a famous news reporter, but for years, she was stuck writing necrologies at the local paper.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Second Conditional

We use the second conditional to speak about a hypothetical situation or outcome resulting from the condition. Unlike the first conditional, we use the second conditional to talk about things that cannot or are unlikely to happen. How do we create the second conditional? More...
Article of the Day

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex that leads to atrophy of the brain and senile dementia. First described in 1906, the disease is characterized by abnormal accumulation of plaques and malformed nerve cells. The disease usually affects people over age 65; short-term memory loss is an early symptom. The cause of Alzheimer's is not known, and, as yet, there is no known cure. How do chess and crossword puzzles factor into Alzheimer's prevention? More...
This Day in History

Mayan Long Count Calendar Begins (3114 BCE)

The Long Count is one of the various ancient Mayan calendars that maintained complicated, cyclical measurements of time. It was intended to provide an accurate record of historical events and counts the days elapsed from a fixed starting point—calculated as August 11, 3114 BCE, the date of creation according to the Maya. Some believe that the calendar predicts the world's end on December 21, 2012, but scholars have widely rejected this claim. What was the significance of that date to the Maya? More...
Today's Birthday

Alex Haley (1921)

A descendent of African slaves, Haley began writing during a 20-year US Coast Guard career. He became a journalist, and earned national attention for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His biggest success was 1976's Roots, a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of his ancestors beginning with their enslavement. A television adaptation became one of the most-watched programs in America, spurring interest in genealogy. Why then was the work excluded from a prominent anthology of literature? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you want to be happy, be.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

knick-knack

Any miscellaneous trinket or toy, especially one that is delicate or dainty. More...
Today's Holiday

Omak Stampede and Suicide Race (2017)

The Omak Stampede and Suicide Race includes three days of professional rodeo in Omak, Washington. What makes this different from other rodeos is the World Famous Suicide Race, a terrifying hoof-thundering gallop by 15-20 mounted horses down an almost vertical hill, across the Okanogan River, and then into the rodeo arena. The rodeos top off a week of activities that include Indian ceremonies and dances, a western art show, and a grand parade. Animal rights activists have protested the race because of the extreme danger to the horses. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lightning

nimbostratus cloud - Can drop precipitation but has no lightning or thunder. More...

artillery - A poetic term for thunder and lightning. More...

coup de foudre - A sudden unforeseen event or instantaneous and overwhelming passion, such as love at first sight; it is French, literally, "stroke of lightning." More...

lightning - Etymologically, lightning is simply something that illuminates or "lightens" the sky, a contraction of the earlier "lightening." More...

In the News

Venomous Frogs Discovered during Painful Scientific Mishap

A Brazilian scientist has made the painful, first-hand discovery of the first frog capable of injecting a toxic venom into potential predators. Carlos Jared, a researcher at Instituto Butanan in Sao Paolo, was collecting frogs in a forest Goytacazes ... More...
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