Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

bobbin

Definition:(noun) A winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound.
Synonyms:spool, reel
Usage: Please thread the bobbin so that I can mend your shirt.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Definite Frequency

Adverbs of definite frequency describe a specific or exact range of time for when something occurs or is the case. "Weekly" is an example of an adverb of definite frequency. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Kamose

The final king in a succession of rulers with increasing power, Kamose was the last king of Egypt's seventeenth dynasty. During his brief reign in the middle of the 16th century BCE, Kamose sought to extend his rule beyond Upper Egypt and Middle Egypt into Lower Egypt, which was then controlled by the Hyksos. Kamose launched military campaigns against the Hyksos, the Kushites, and the Nubians, but died in the fifth year of his reign. What happened to Kamose's mummy? More...
This Day in History

First Attempted Assassination of a US President (1835)

US President Andrew Jackson was leaving a congressional funeral held at the Capitol when an unemployed, mentally ill housepainter named Richard Lawrence made an attempt on his life. Fortuitously, Lawrence's pistol misfired. Improbably, the second pistol he produced did too. The 67-year-old president attacked Lawrence with his cane, and the deranged gunman was caught and institutionalized. What surprising discovery was made when the guns were tested to determine what had caused them to misfire? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Brautigan (1935)

Born in Tacoma, Washington, and raised in abject poverty, Brautigan became a counterculture hero of the 1960s and 70s with his surrealistically random novels and poems about alienation. His extremely original, loosely connected fiction includes A Confederate General from Big Sur, In Watermelon Sugar, and the 1967 bestseller Trout Fishing in America. Suffering from alcoholism and depression, Brautigan committed suicide in September of 1984. When was his body discovered? More...
Quotation of the Day
Just think what a dull world it would be if everyone was sensible.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

loose change

A small, usually insignificant amount of money, typically consisting of coins. More...
Today's Holiday

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday (2018)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) was the 32nd president of the United States. His administration encompassed the Great Depression and World War II. Roosevelt's birthday is observed by family members, friends, and representatives of various organizations at his home at Hyde Park, New York. Wreaths are laid, and a family member places cut flowers on the grave. The superintendent of the military academy presents the "President's Wreath," a prayer is offered, and the event concludes with three volleys from a ceremonial firing squad. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: harmful

catalytic converter - A device with a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones. More...

allergen - Though allergens are not harmful themselves, when they are combined with certain antibodies, a reaction (i.e. the allergy) liberates substances that damage body cells and tissues. More...

intrigant - A person who plots something illicit or harmful. More...

nocuous - Meaning "harmful, noxious," it is based on Latin nocere, "to hurt." More...

In the News

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space ... More...
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