Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

admixture

Definition:(noun) An additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base.
Synonyms:intermixture
Usage: The flowers flourished in the new growing medium, a nutrient-rich soil comprised of equal parts sand and loam with an admixture of peat moss and cow manure.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Perfect Tense with "For" and "Since"

In English, we use the present perfect simple with the prepositions "for" and "since" when we speak about something that started in the past and is still true now. "For" is used to specify the duration of time leading up to the present. When is "since" used? More...
Article of the Day

Headhunting

Headhunting, the act of removing, displaying, and, in some cases, preserving human heads, has been practiced worldwide and may date to Paleolithic times. Though the practice was sometimes linked to certain forms of cannibalism and human sacrifice, its primary function was often ceremonial and was part of the process of reinforcing hierarchical relationships between communities and individuals. Which troops were said to regularly collect the skulls of enemy soldiers during World War II? More...
This Day in History

Six-Year-Old Adam Walsh Kidnapped (1981)

Adam Walsh disappeared in 1981 after his mother left him playing video games at a department store in Hollywood, Florida, while she shopped nearby. Two weeks later, his severed head was found in a canal, but the investigation was largely mishandled, and no one was ever arrested. His father, John Walsh, devoted his life to advocating for missing children and became the host of the TV show America's Most Wanted. In 2008, police closed the case on Adam. Who do they believe killed him? More...
Today's Birthday

Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge (1904)

Bainbridge was an American physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, the US government program that produced the first atomic bomb. He was the director of Project Trinity, the first nuclear test explosion—the sole test before the bombs were used. The successful test took place in New Mexico on July 16, 1945, and Bainbridge called the blast "a foul and awesome display." He later became an outspoken opponent of nuclear testing. What was Bainbridge's other notable scientific accomplishment? More...
Quotation of the Day
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

on the fiddle

Engaged in deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest means of obtaining money. More...
Today's Holiday

Guru Purnima (2018)

In Hinduism, a guru is a personal teacher or guide who has already attained spiritual insight—Guru Purnima is the day set aside for the veneration of the guru. In ancient times, when students were educated in ashrams and gurukuls, this was the day they would honor their teachers, pay their fees, and give them presents. This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima after Rishi Vyasa, a famous guru who is said to have compiled the four Vedas, the Mahabharata, and the Puranas, a series of 18 epics dealing with creation and the gods in the form of fables, legends, and tales. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: suddenly

squall - A violent wind that comes in suddenly, but does not last long, and is often accompanied by rain or snow. More...

amaze, surprise - Amaze once meant "alarm, terrify," but now means "astonish"; surprise means "meet with suddenly or without warning." More...

intersilient - Describing something suddenly emerging in the midst of something. More...

subitary - "Suddenly or hastily done or made." More...

In the News

Rare Discovery of Three New Toad Species in Nevada's Great Basin

Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. Discoveries of new amphibians are extremely rare in the United States with only three new frog species ... More...
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