Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

capstone

Definition:(noun) The top stone of a structure or wall.
Synonyms:stretcher, coping stone, copestone
Usage: When the structure's capstone was finally in place, the builders threw themselves a party to celebrate their achievement.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parentheses

Parentheses are used to separate information that is not necessary to the structure or meaning of the surrounding text. When can parentheses be replaced by em dashes? More...
Article of the Day

Iconoclasm

Veneration of pictures and statues symbolizing sacred figures and biblical events was an early feature of Christian worship. Iconoclasts were opposed to the use of such religious images and destroyed them, claiming that they violated the second commandment not to make or worship “graven images.” An iconoclastic movement developed during the Byzantine Empire, and it was characterized by fierce persecution of those who made and venerated icons. What are a few modern examples of iconoclasm? More...
This Day in History

The Taman Shud Case: Mystery Man Found Dead on Somerton Beach (1948)

On the night of November 30, 1948, passersby on Australia's Somerton Beach saw a man they believed to be drunk or sleeping. The next day, the mystery man was determined to be dead, which opened the still unsolved Taman Shud Case. The dead man has never been identified. Though investigators promptly searched the body and found normal things like chewing gum in the mystery man's pocket, something strange was later found, taking the case in a new—but equally elusive—direction. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexandra of Denmark (1844)

Though she was of royal blood, Princess Alexandra had a relatively normal upbringing. It was not until after she wed Prince Albert Edward of Wales in 1863 that her father, Christian IX, was crowned king of Denmark, and she did not ascend to the station of queen consort until many years after that. As queen, she devoted herself to charitable works and was beloved by the British public. She was held in such high regard, in fact, that society women adopted what physical impediment of hers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

get taken to task (by someone)

To be scolded, rebuked, reprimanded, or criticized (by someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Natchitoches Christmas Festival (2018)

Natchitoches is home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Since 1927, both townspeople and visitors have made this festival a fixture in their holiday routine. The Festival of Lights, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, opens the season; however, the Christmas Festival is the premier event of the festival season. It is observed with a parade, an assortment of river bank booths, arts and crafts, and a traditional fireworks show over Cane River Lake. The festivities continue up until the New Year's Eve celebration. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: meteor

astrobleme - A crater caused by a meteor. More...

aerolithology - The study of meteors. More...

meteorite - A meteor that survives and makes it to a planet; types of meteorites include siderites/irons, aerolites/stones, and siderolites (iron/stone). More...

falling star - Another name for meteor or shooting star. More...

In the News

Dinosaur Nesting May Have Led to the Rise of the Modern Bird

Researchers have recently discovered that dinosaurs had an innovative nesting style that may have led to the evolutionary success of modern birds. The study, published in the journal Plos One, details for the first time the link between dinosaur ... More...
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