Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

embrocation

Definition:(noun) A medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain.
Synonyms:liniment
Usage: The dressings on my wound and the embrocation on my sprained wrist steadily subdue the pains which I have felt so far.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Imperative Sentences

We use imperative sentences to give orders, commands, and general instructions. Such sentences are said to be in what mood? More...
Article of the Day

Gelatin

Gelatin is a foodstuff largely composed of denatured collagen, a protein that is readily digested and absorbed. It is found in the connective tissue of the cartilage, hoofs, and tendons of vertebrate animals and is extracted by the action of boiling water or dilute acid. Gelatin swells to an elastic, transparent mass when placed in contact with cold water and takes up to 10 times its own weight. It is an important food stabilizer, thickener and texturizer. What is gelatin's ballistic use? More...
This Day in History

Renowned Surgeon James Barry Dies, Revealing Lifelong Secret (1865)

During the 19th century, Barry was a top British military surgeon who worked to improve conditions during the Crimean War. Known for a fiery temper, Barry famously argued with Florence Nightingale and fought in at least one duel. After Barry's death, a maid claimed that in the course of preparing the corpse for burial she had learned that Barry was actually a woman, but the British Army sealed all records on Barry for 100 years. What was revealed when the records were accessed in the 1950s? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosalind Franklin (1920)

The double helix model of DNA formulated by James D. Watson and Francis Crick is considered one of the greatest scientific discoveries ever made. However, it would not have been possible without the work of Franklin, a British X-ray crystallographer. Without her knowledge, Maurice Wilkins, her close colleague at King's College, showed her research to Watson and Crick, who based their findings on her images. Why didn't Franklin share the 1962 Nobel Prize awarded to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

on opposite sides of the barricade(s)

Occupying conflicting, opposing, and/or contrary positions on some issue or in some situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Furrinalia (2018)

Furrina (or Furina) was an ancient Roman deity whose reason for existence has been largely forgotten. She might have been associated with a spring or springs, and some experts regard her as a spirit of the darkness. Others say she was the goddess of robbers. All that is known for certain is that she possessed a grove (on the slopes of the Janiculum, a ridge near the Tiber River), a festival (the Furrinalia, on July 25), and her own flamen, or priest, named Furrinalis. Although Furrina belongs to the earliest of Roman religions, the Furrinalia continued to be observed in later Roman times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pushing

centrifugal, centripetal - Centrifugal force pulls away or pushes outward; centripetal draws toward or pulls inward. More...

cow tipping - A widely frowned-upon activity whereby one knocks over a sleeping cow (which sleeps standing up) by pushing on its side. More...

exert - Can refer to a seed's pushing out or up. More...

crowd - Its underlying notion is of "pushing, pressing," from Old English crudan, "press." More...

In the News

Many Vietnam Veterans Still Suffer from PTSD Decades Later

Philip Paolini served four years in the Vietnam War as a marine. In the years since then, he's faced a number of hardships, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and homelessness. And Paolini's story is far from uncommon. New ... More...
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