Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

dissension

Definition:(noun) Disagreement among those expected to cooperate.
Synonyms:discord
Usage: The sparks of dissension soon kindled into a blaze; and the colonies, or rather, as they quickly declared themselves, the States, became a scene of strife and bloodshed for years.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Difference between Finite and Non-Finite Verbs

Finite verbs are verbs that have subjects and indicate grammatical tense, person, and number. These verbs describe the action of a person, place, or thing in the sentence. What are non-finite verbs? More...
Article of the Day

One Humongous Fungus

Armillaria ostoyae is a honey fungus commonly found colonizing both hardwood and conifer wood in forests of the western US. By attacking the sapwood and forming thin, shoestring-like strands known as rhizomorphs, this fungus is able to travel great distances under the bark or between trees. A mushroom of this type found in eastern Oregon's Malheur National Forest is believed to be the largest fungal colony in the world, spanning 2,200 acres (8.9 km²), and is estimated to be how old? More...
This Day in History

"Spider Dan" Scales 110-Story Sears Tower (1981)

After witnessing a deadly high-rise hotel fire, Dan Goodwin resolved to call attention to the need for better skyscraper firefighting and rescue techniques. Six months after the blaze, he donned a homemade Spider-Man suit and, using suction cups and climbing gear, began an ascent of Chicago's Sears Tower—then the world's tallest building. He reached the top seven hours later and was promptly arrested. What structure—formerly the world's tallest—did he climb with no equipment, twice in one day? More...
Today's Birthday

Igor Sikorsky (1889)

After studying engineering in Kiev, Sikorsky devoted himself to developing the helicopter. In 1910, after failing to build a workable model, he turned to fixed-wing airplane design, and, several years later, he built and flew the first multi-motored plane, a four-engine aircraft with an innovative enclosed cabin. Sikorsky immigrated to the US in 1919 and had continued success designing airplanes. How long would it be before he finally realized his dream of building his first working helicopter? More...
Quotation of the Day
To the boy of twenty it seems impossible that he will not love as wildly at sixty as he does then ... His love will never fall, whoever else's may. Nobody ever loved as he loves, and so, of course, the rest of the world's experience can be no guide in his case.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

be given no quarter

To be offered no mercy, concession, or indulgence. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête des Stes. Maries de la Mer (2018)

According to a French legend, St. Sarah, patron saint of gypsies, was the Egyptian handmaid of Sts. Mary Jacoby and Mary Salome, and all three supposedly died in the small Provençal village of Les Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, where their remains are said to be preserved. During the Festival of the Holy Maries, there is a procession down to the sea for the blessing of the painted wooden vessel known as the "Bark of the Saints," which is believed to contain some of the bones of the saints. Thousands of devout pilgrims make the journey to Les Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: net

dream catcher - A decorative Native American object in the form of a hoop and net with attachments such as feathers. More...

net - As in "without deductions," it came from French net, "neat," and then evolved to mean" free from any (further) deduction." More...

reticule - An older term for a small handbag, it alludes to the fact that they were originally made of netted fabric—Latin rete, "net," became reticulum, "netted bag." More...

retina - From Latin rete, "net," as there is a net of nerves making up this layer of the eyeball. More...

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In the News

Body clock linked to mood disorders

Disruption to the body's internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders, scientists say. A clock ticks in nearly every cell of the body. And they change how the tissues work in a daily rhythm. A Lancet Psychiatry study of 91,000 ... More...
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