Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

equanimity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being calm and even-tempered.
Synonyms:calmness, composure
Usage: Because she was prepared for the news, she was able to respond with equanimity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun is a type of pronoun used to connect a relative clause (also known as an adjective clause) to the main clause in a sentence. What are restrictive relative clauses? More...
Article of the Day

Shalimar Gardens

The reign of Emperor Shah Jahan in India saw the construction of the finest monuments of Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal and the Shalimar Gardens. The gardens were completed in Lahore, in what is now Pakistan, in 1642. Only three sections remain of the original seven, which symbolized the divisions of the Islamic paradise. The three descending terraces are elevated about 15 feet (5 m) above one another and are laid out in a parallelogram. How many fountains are in the gardens? More...
This Day in History

Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Surrenders to US (1990)

The reign of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega had been rife with turmoil, corruption, and diplomatic tension with the US, and his decision to void the results of the 1989 Panamanian presidential election, which had been won by a US-backed candidate, brought matters to a head. That December, US President George H.W. Bush sent troops to depose him. Noriega initially went into hiding, but he surrendered days later and was taken to Miami to face drug trafficking charges. Where had he been hiding? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna May Wong (1905)

One of the first Chinese-American movie stars, Wong played her first leading role, at age 17, in The Toll of the Sea. At that time, most Asian character roles were played by white actors in "yellowface." As a result, Wong was frequently passed over for leading roles due to the anti-miscegenation laws that prevented her from sharing an on-screen kiss with a white actor. Nevertheless, her acting skills and impeccable fashion sense made her a star. How was she received in China? More...
Quotation of the Day
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a living soul

A person (who is alive). (Often used in the negative to mean "nobody.") More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (2018)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or of the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hearth

focaccia bread - Italian for "bread baked in the hearth." More...

fuel - Traces back to Latin focalis, "hearth." More...

scar - Traces back to Greek eskhara, "hearth" or "scab." More...

hearth - The floor of a fireplace as well as the area in front. More...

In the News

Fish Filmed at Record Depth

Researchers exploring the depths of the Mariana Trench recently set the record for deepest fish ever filmed—and then broke the record during the same study. The two newly discovered species of snailfish were filmed by a team from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland using several remotely controlled submersibles. The second fish was filmed more than five miles below the surface—a depth of 8,145 meters. Researchers say the fish is very fragile and does not like look like any known species. More...
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