Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

floorshow

Definition:(noun) A series of entertainments presented in a nightclub.
Synonyms:cabaret
Usage: The floorshow was spectacular and loud, and the next morning, he had a splitting headache.
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

Greek Fire

Produced using a secret formula that remains a mystery to this day, Greek fire was a burning-liquid weapon used by the Byzantine Greeks, Arabs, Chinese, and Mongols. Early on, it took the form of a burning cloth ball fired with a catapult. Later advances produced a flamethrower-like device that discharged a stream of burning fluid which, according to many historical accounts, water could not extinguish. What are some of the ingredients thought to have been used in the production of Greek fire? 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 living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

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

Caribbean Cave Art Sheds Surprising New Light on Ancient Religious Collision

The picturesque island of Mona sits isolated between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. It has no human settlements and is devoid of human life except for Puerto Rican wildlife managers, conservationists and the odd researcher. But ... More...
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