Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

tenuity

Definition:(noun) Relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width.
Synonyms:thinness, slenderness
Usage: She marveled at the tenuity of the cotton threads delicately woven together to create a durable fabric.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Predicate Pronouns and Case

We commonly use personal pronouns in the possessive case predicatively. When pronouns that are not possessive are used predicatively, the conventional rule is to put them in the subjective case rather than the objective case. What is the only thing that pronouns in the objective case should be used as? More...
Article of the Day

Autostereograms

Autostereograms are optical illusions of depth that are designed to trick the brain into perceiving a three-dimensional scene in a two-dimensional image. The simplest type, known as a wallpaper autostereogram, consists of horizontally repeating patterns that appear to float in the air above the background. In order to perceive the 3D shapes, the brain must overcome the normally automatic coordination between focusing and convergence. What are the two ways that an autostereogram can be viewed? More...
This Day in History

The International Atomic Energy Agency Is Established (1957)

In 1953, during the Cold War, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the creation of an international body to regulate the use of nuclear power in his "Atoms for Peace" address to the United Nations General Assembly. Four years later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA may purchase and sell fissionable materials, and it inspects for compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Is the IAEA part of the UN? More...
Today's Birthday

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905)

The only person to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize posthumously, Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary General of the United Nations. In this role, he greatly extended the influence of the United Nations and personally led peace missions, though he clashed with the Soviet Union for his vigorous attempts to diffuse civil strife in the newly independent Congo. He served as Secretary General until his death in a mysterious plane crash in 1961. What conspiracy theories surround his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Connoisseur, n.: A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

on the gravy train

In a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Chief Joseph Days (2018)

Chief Joseph (1840-1904) was the chief of the Nez Perce Indians. He spent his life in exile and pleaded with President Theodore Roosevelt to let his people return to their ancestral home, and is honored with a four-day festival every July in Joseph, Oregon. Established in 1945, the festival features one of the largest rodeos in the Northwest, a traditional Indian dance contest, a Nez Perce encampment and powwow, parades, dances, a golf tournament, and a cowboy church service. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivial

folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle. More...

nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial. More...

pelsy - Means "trivial, trashy, of little value." More...

psilology - A love of trivial or vacuous talk. More...

In the News

There May Be a Lot of Water Hiding under the Moon's Dusty Surface, Researchers Say

For decades, scientists have thought the moon was a dry, dusty place, but it may be time to re-write the astronomy books. New findings are upending decades of understanding about our closest neighbor in space; an analysis of satellite data suggests the ... More...
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