Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

populate

Definition:(verb) Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of.
Synonyms:inhabit, live, dwell
Usage: Millions of as yet undiscovered creatures populate the ocean depths.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Grammatical Person

Grammatical person refers to the degree of involvement of a participant in an action, event, or circumstance. There are three degrees of grammatical person: first person (the speaker), second person (someone being spoken to), and third person (anyone/anything not being directly addressed). How does grammatical person affect verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Barber Pole

During medieval times, barbers also functioned as doctors and dentists, performing surgeries, bloodlettings, and tooth extractions. The original barber's pole had brass basins at the top and bottom, representing the vessel that held the leeches used in bloodletting procedures and the one that received the blood. The pole itself represents the staff patients gripped to encourage blood flow, while its red and white stripes symbolize bandages. What does the blue stripe on US barber poles represent? More...
This Day in History

Space Monkeys Finally Survive a Space Flight, Humans Soon to Follow (1959)

Several monkeys were launched into space before 1959, but Able and Miss Baker became the first to survive such a trip—a 16-minute flight aboard a US missile. Able, a rhesus monkey, died just days after the flight while undergoing surgery to remove a medical electrode. Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, lived to the age of 27 and is buried on the grounds of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she spent most of her life. Able was preserved and can now be seen where? More...
Today's Birthday

Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie: The Dionne Quintuplets (1934)

As the first set of quintuplets known to have survived infancy, the Dionne sisters of Ontario, Canada, garnered international attention. Sadly, they were exploited almost from birth. As infants, the quintuplets were removed from their parents' care and made wards of the state. However, rather than protect them from parents it had deemed unfit, the government instead used the girls to establish "Quintland," a popular tourist attraction. What killed one of the quints at age 20? More...
Quotation of the Day
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

not a moment too soon

At the last possible moment before it is too late; just in the nick of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Memorial Day (2018)

Memorial Day is a legal holiday proclaimed annually by the president to honor U.S. citizens who have died in war. Both religious services and patriotic parades mark the day's celebrations. In the national official observance, a wreath is placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. One of the more moving observances is at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania, where schoolchildren scatter flowers over the graves of unknown soldiers of the Civil War. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: north

arctic - Comes from the ancient Greeks' word for north, arktikos, literally "of the bear"; arctic should be pronounced AHRK-tik. More...

above - Traces back to Old English bove, first meaning "north" and later taking the meaning of "overhead." More...

true north - North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north. More...

cold - When the moon is far to the north, it is popularly called a cold moon. More...

In the News

Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies. The results, which are probably a combination of ... More...
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