Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

clodhopper

Definition:(noun) A thick and heavy shoe.
Synonyms:brogan, brogue, work shoe
Usage: He trotted noisily across the hardwood floors in his clodhoppers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Syntax

Syntax refers to the ways in which we order specific words to create logical, meaningful sentences. What two things are required to form a complete and logical statement? More...
Article of the Day

Prometheus, The Tree

In 1964, Prometheus, a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, was the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth. That year, a graduate student cut down the 5,000- year-old tree to examine its ring growth patterns and derive information about the climate. It is unclear who suggested that Prometheus be cut down, why the action was deemed necessary, and whether its impact was fully understood at the time. Methuselah is currently the oldest known living tree. How old is it? More...
This Day in History

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)

A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1601)

Neglected by her husband, French King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria stirred up controversy with flirtatious indiscretions. After her seemingly treasonous correspondence with Spain, her husband's principal minister, Cardinal Richelieu, attempted to limit her influence. When Louis died, Anne was declared sole regent of their son, Louis XIV—contrary to her husband's wishes—and strove to ensure his absolute power. What did she do that was hailed at the time as "a marvel when it was least expected"? More...
Quotation of the Day
And yet self-knowledge is thought by some not so easy. Who knows, my dear sir, but for a time you may have taken yourself for somebody else? Stranger things have happened.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

rip-snorting mad

Extremely angry and agitated; infuriated. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiwanis Kids' Day (2018)

Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community's appreciation of and pride in its children. The program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: solid

cholesterol - Comes from Greek words meaning "bile, gall" and "stiff, solid," plus the ending "-ol." More...

hydrogenated oil - An oil with trans-fatty acids that has been chemically changed from a room-temperature liquid state into a solid. More...

sublimate - In chemistry, to change from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without becoming a liquid. More...

solder, solid - To solder something is etymologically to make it solid; solid comes from Latin solidus, "solid, whole." More...

In the News

Why Climate Change Means More Huge Mosquito Swarms in the Arctic

Global warming is already underway, taking a toll on the Arctic sea ice and various wildlife populations such as the polar bears, but mosquitoes are thriving. As temperatures warm in the Arctic, mosquitoes are not only able to emerge earlier from ... More...
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