Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

montage

Definition:(noun) A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs.
Synonyms:collage
Usage: The children's gift to their grandmother was a montage of family pictures.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs

Conjunctive adverbs (also called linking adverbs or connecting adverbs) are a specific type of conjunction specifically used to connect two independent clauses. What punctuation mark is traditionally used when we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb? More...
Article of the Day

The Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire, also known as the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is a 40,000 km (24,854 mile) horseshoe shaped zone of frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Ninety percent of the world's earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, which encircles the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The Ring of Fire is a direct consequence of plate tectonics and the movement and collisions of crustal plates. What causes the high levels of volcanism in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory? More...
This Day in History

Mary Toft Admits That She Did Not Really Give Birth to Rabbits (1726)

Toft, an English servant, had a bizarre 15 minutes of fame in 1726 when she convinced doctors that she had given birth to a litter of rabbits. At age 25, Toft suffered a miscarriage. About a month later, she appeared to go into labor and proceeded over the next few weeks to "birth" several animal parts along with nine baby bunnies. The episode was attributed to a fascination with rabbits that Toft had developed during her pregnancy—until it was revealed to be a hoax. How had she pulled it off? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerard Peter Kuiper (1905)

The "father of modern planetary science," Dutch-American astronomer Gerard Kuiper made many discoveries about the solar system, among them the presence of a methane atmosphere around Saturn's satellite Titan and a carbon dioxide-rich one on Mars and the existence of Uranus's satellite Miranda and Neptune's satellite Nereid. He also proposed the existence of a disk-shaped region of minor planets and comets—now called the Kuiper belt—outside Neptune's orbit. What did he help identify on the Moon? More...
Quotation of the Day
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know."

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

go halfsies

slang To share something, especially the cost of something, in equal proportion between two people. More...
Today's Holiday

Timor-Leste National Heroes Day (Anniversary of the Indonesian Invasion) (2018)

In Timor Leste, the invasion of Indonesian forces on December 7, 1975, initiated a period of occupation in which about 200,000 Timorese were killed. Today, this anniversary remains an occasion to mourn those who were killed and to seek redress for crimes committed during the occupation. Beginning in 1976, the Timorese established a tradition of gathering in the capital, Dili, to commemorate the anniversary of the invasion and stage a public protest over Indonesia's actions. Candlelight vigils and commemorative church services also became common throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: observer

camera lucida - An optical device consisting of an attachment that enables an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface for sketching it. More...

horoscope - Comes from Greek hora, "hour, time," and skopos, "observer." More...

obverse - Its first meaning was "turned towards or facing the observer." More...

zenith, nadir - Zenith derived from Arabic samt ar-ras, "the way or road above one's head"; zenith technically is the point directly above the observer and nadir is the point directly below. More...

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