Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

bezant

Definition:(noun) A gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Synonyms:solidus
Usage: The gold coin I found on my archaeology dig turned out to be an authentic bezant.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Definite and Indefinite Articles

The definite article "the" is used to identify a specific person, place, or thing. What are the indefinite articles "a" and "an" used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator, or Ulaanbaator, is the capital of the Republic of Mongolia. Founded in 1649 as a monastery town, today it is the junction point of the country's major roads and caravan routes; it lies on the Trans-Siberian RR, linking Russia with Beijing. The city is home to a library of ancient Mongolian, Chinese, and Tibetan manuscripts. The 1904 British expedition to Tibet prompted the Dalai Lama to leave Lhasa for Ulan Bator, where he remained for 4 years. In whose honor was Ulaanbaator named? More...
This Day in History

Hermine Braunsteiner Becomes First Nazi Extradited from the US (1973)

Nicknamed the "Stomping Mare" for her violent kicking of prisoners, Braunsteiner was a Nazi concentration camp guard during WWII. After the war, she spent a brief period in jail for war crimes before marrying an American and becoming a US citizen. In 1964, she was confronted at her home in New York by a reporter tipped off about her past by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. When her role in the war came to light, she was stripped of her citizenship and extradited to West Germany. What became of her? More...
Today's Birthday

John Heathcoat (1783)

Heathcoat was not the first person to invent a lacemaking machine, but his apparatus was the first to produce an exact imitation of handmade pillow lace. Patented in 1809, it was the most complex textile machine then in existence. Heathcoat decided to capitalize on his invention by opening a lace mill, but textile workers, angry that they were being replaced by machines, attacked and destroyed it in 1816. Undeterred, he opened a new mill elsewhere. What happened to the steam plough he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whoever increases his knowledge multiplies the uses to which he is enabled to turn the gift of his Creator to his own benefit and partakes in some degree of that goodness which is the highest attribute of Omnipotence itself.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

the other side

Existence after death; the world of the afterlife. More...
Today's Holiday

Côte d'Ivoire Independence Day (2018)

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) was granted independence from France on August 7, 1960. It had been a French colony since 1893. Independence Day is a national holiday in Ivory Coast, celebrated with parades, dancing, and fireworks. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shoulder

hobo - A style of handbag or purse that is typically large and characterized by a crescent shape, a slouchy posture and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. More...

lane - A narrow, often bucolic, path that lacks a shoulder or median; it can also be a division of a larger road. More...

jowl - The head and shoulders of certain fishes, such as salmon and sturgeon. More...

trousseau - The French diminutive of truss or bundle—the thing that tramps or runaways carry tied to a stick over their shoulders. More...

In the News

The Boom in Mini Stomachs, Brains, Breasts, Kidneys and More

It was an otherwise normal day in November when Madeline Lancaster realized that she had accidentally grown a brain. For weeks, she had been trying to get human embryonic stem cells to form neural rosettes, clusters of cells that can become many different ... More...
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