Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

melange

Definition:(noun) A mixture.
Synonyms:mishmash, farrago, hodgepodge, mingle-mangle, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
Usage: The movie was a strange melange of romance, science fiction, comedy, and drama.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner are used to tell us how something happens or is done. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or clauses of a sentence. Adverbs of manner are very often formed from adjectives by simply adding what suffix? More...
Article of the Day

Moss Piglets and Water Bears

Tardigrades, commonly known as moss piglets or water bears, can be found living in water, damp moss, flower petals, and sand all around the world. The minute invertebrates are usually 1 mm (0.04 inches) or smaller in size and have a head, four fused body segments, and eight claw-ended legs. Tardigrades are able to resist extremely low temperature, pressure, and humidity, and go into dormant states for months or even years. How many years can a moss piglet survive without water? More...
This Day in History

The First Rock Major Concert Is Held, Gets Shut Down (1952)

On the night of March 21, 1952, more than 20,000 fans tried to pack into the Cleveland Arena, which had an actual capacity of about half that number. Consequently, authorities shut down that evening's concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, just minutes into the opening act, Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers. The show is considered to have been the first major rock concert in history. It was promoted by Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey believed to have coined what term? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, AKA John Paul (1763)

The son of a German pastor, Richter initially planned to follow in his father's footsteps, but after studying theology at university, he found a new passion in writing. He published two poorly received satirical works before suffering a spiritual crisis that profoundly altered his outlook and writing style. His next book, Die unsichtbare Loge, The Invisible Lodge, a romance published in 1793, was the first of his many works to receive acclaim. Who inspired his pen name, Jean Paul? More...
Quotation of the Day
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

make the best of a bad bargain

To deal with and create the best possible outcome of a bad, unfortunate, or unpleasant situation or set of circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Shunbun-no-Hi (2016)

In Japan, where the Vernal Equinox is a national holiday, the entire week during which the equinox occurs is called Higan, which means "other shore." The observance of Vernal Equinox Day began during the reign of 7th-century Prince Shotoku. It became a national holiday during the Meiji period. Visiting the family cemetery is popular on this day, and people tend to regard it as a happy event. Although no meat is served during the week, o-hagi, soft rice balls covered with sweetened bean paste, are popular. Shunbun-no-Hi is a day set aside to honor nature and to show respect for growing things. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hatch

booby hatch - First a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily removable. More...

covey - Comes from French couver for the act of sitting on eggs ("covering" them) to hatch them. More...

down the hatch - A drinking toast of nautical origin. More...

hatch - The lower half of a divided door. More...

In the News

Shields Up! How Earth's Magnetic Field Saved Early Life from the Sun

There’s a new addition to the checklist of requirements for life: magnetic shields. On Wednesday, a new study revealed a magnetic field is vital to protect life on a planet from the ravages of a star. A young Earth harboring the first fledgling forms of ... More...
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