Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

polymorphism

Definition:(noun) Crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms.
Synonyms:pleomorphism
Usage: Calcium carbonate possesses the characteristic of polymorphism, since it crystallizes as calcite or aragonite.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs from Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, what do we do to form the comparative? More...
Article of the Day

Axolotl

Found in lakes near Mexico City, axolotls are salamanders affected by a phenomenon called neoteny, which means that adults of the species often fail to undergo metamorphosis and reach reproductive maturity without losing their larval characteristics. They are able to regenerate most body parts and are used extensively in scientific research. Axolotls are also commonly kept as pets in several countries and are considered a delicacy in Mexico. What prevents axolotls from undergoing metamorphosis? More...
This Day in History

Charlemagne Crowned Emperor (800 CE)

Charlemagne was king of the Franks (768–814) and emperor of the West (800–814). With the exception of the British Isles and parts of Italy and Spain, he united in one vast state almost all the Christian lands of Western Europe. After restoring Leo III to the papacy, he was crowned emperor in Rome on Christmas Day, 800 CE, finalizing the split between the Byzantine and Roman empires and marking the revival of the empire that was the forerunner of the Holy Roman Empire. What language did he speak? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Chevrolet (1878)

Born in Switzerland, Chevrolet was an auto mechanic who emigrated to the US in 1900 to race cars. In 1905, he drove a mile in a record 52.8 seconds. In 1911, he founded the Chevrolet Motor Company with support from General Motors founder William C. Durant and designed its first car. He sold his interest in 1915 but continued making racecars. His cars won the Indy 500 in 1920 and 1921. He later formed an aircraft company with his brother, but the venture failed. Who drove his winning car in 1920? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

God's green earth

The entire planet; anywhere and everywhere. More...
Today's Holiday

Koledouvane (2018)

Koledouvane is the ritual singing of Christmas carols that takes place in Bulgaria each year on December 24 and 25. The koledari, or "carol singers," go from house to house and wish people good health and prosperity. Although their dress and ornaments differ from region to region, the koledarka, a long oak stick covered with elaborate carving, is a traditional accessory. A similar ritual, called Sourvakari, is carried out on New Year's Day. They have survived as separate celebrations, even though they are closely related in meaning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: states

nation, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically. More...

political map - Shows the boundaries of cities, states, and countries. More...

statistic - Comes from a German noun describing knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the states of the world. More...

booster name - A nickname for a state (as on a license plate). More...

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