Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

pharos

Definition:(noun) A tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships.
Synonyms:lighthouse, beacon
Usage: The pharos was no longer operational and served as a tourist attraction in the sleepy beach town.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Clauses

Relative clauses (also known as adjective clauses or adjectival clauses) are dependent clauses that provide descriptive information about a noun or noun phrase. What introduces a relative clause? More...
Article of the Day

The Eurovision Song Contest

More than 50 years after the annual Eurovision Song Contest was first broadcast, it remains one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world. Participating nations submit songs, and the live performance is broadcast simultaneously to all countries in the Eurovision Network. The participant states then vote for the winner, but are not allowed to vote for their own country's entry. What country abolished its normal tourist visa requirements to coincide with its hosting of the contest? More...
This Day in History

The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)

In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelly Sachs (1891)

Sachs was a German poet, translator, and dramatist. Born to a prosperous family, Sachs wrote poems mainly for fun until the advent of Nazism darkened her work and forced her to flee on one of the last flights to Sweden. Her lyrics from those years combine lean simplicity with intense imagery. Collections of her poetry include The Seeker and O the Chimneys. What other poet developed a deep friendship with Sachs, which unfortunately exacerbated both poets' mental illnesses? More...
Quotation of the Day
A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

lazy-bones

A particularly lazy or indolent person. More...
Today's Holiday

Nobel Prize Ceremony (2017)

Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his estate be used to fund five annual prizes. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901; a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969. Winners receive the awards at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ray

shaft - A ray of light. More...

radiate - As an adjective, it means having rays or parts coming out of a center, from Latin radius, "ray, spoke." More...

radio wave - Travels like rays of light, so it takes its name from Latin radius, "spoke of a wheel; ray of light." More...

sol-fa - The sol-fa syllables are doh, ray, mi, fah, sol, lah, te—for the notes of the major musical scale. More...

In the News

Goodbye to Dental Fillings? "No-Drill" Techniques Can Treat Tooth Decay, Study Says

If you've ever endured a dental filling based on the advice that there's no other way to stop tooth decay before it gets worse, you may be a bit, well, annoyed when you hear about the latest study on this topic. In a seven-year study involving 1,000 ... More...
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