Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 10, 2019)
Word of the Day

satiate

Definition:(verb) Fill to satisfaction.
Synonyms:replete, sate, fill
Usage: There is enough cake to satiate all of our party guests.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative pronouns are used in interrogative sentences to ask questions, functioning either as the subject or object of such sentences. There are five primary interrogative pronouns. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a diagnostic tool that delivers a high-intensity magnetic pulse over the skull and neck, stimulating the upper motor neurons and nerve tract. This allows the timing of electrical impulses traveling from the brain to muscles to be measured as well as interconnections within the brain to be studied. The technique has also been used to treat neurological conditions, such as migraine, epilepsy, and alcoholism. What are some of the risks associated with TMS? More...
This Day in History

Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa's First Black President (1994)

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His political activism began after 1948 with an initial commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities led to his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. With whom did he share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Today's Birthday

Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire's most popular films? More...
Quotation of the Day
I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

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A wastepaper basket. More...
Today's Holiday

Golden Spike Anniversary (2019)

This reenactment of the completion of America's transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, has been held since 1952. Preliminary events start at 10 a.m., and at 12:30 p.m. reproductions of the Central Pacific's "Jupiter" and Union Pacific's "119" meet at the site of the ceremony. Then the Golden Spike and three other spikes are tapped into a special railroad tie; at 12:47 an ordinary iron "last spike" is driven into the last tie and the message "D-O-N-E" is sent by ham radio to the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: phenomena

cosmology - The study of the world as a totality of all phenomena in space and time. More...

noology - The science of intuition and reason as phenomena of the mind. More...

ontology, phenomenology - Ontology is the branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature or essence of being or existence, the opposite of phenomenology, the science of phenomena. More...

second nature - Originally Latin secundum naturam, "according to nature," it is from Aristotelian philosophy and contrasts with phenomena that are super naturam ("above nature," such as God's grace), extra naturam ("outside nature"), supra naturam ("beyond nature," such as miracles), or contra naturam ("against nature"). More...

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