Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

glossa

Definition:(noun) A mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity.
Synonyms:tongue, clapper, lingua
Usage: The creature had an enormously long glossa that it used to catch insects.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ellipses

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text. When are brackets placed around ellipses? More...
Article of the Day

Congenital Heart Defects

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a flaw in the structure of the heart and great vessels of a newborn. Most CHDs either obstruct blood flow to the heart or nearby vessels or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern. Though such defects occur in less than 1% of the population, they are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. There are 8 defects that comprise the bulk of all CHDs, with ventricular septal defects presenting most commonly. What is the septum? More...
This Day in History

The Maze Prison Escape (1983)

Maze Prison was a high-security prison in Northern Ireland that housed incarcerated members of the Irish Republican Army during the Troubles. In 1983, the Maze suffered the biggest jailbreak in British history. Using smuggled guns and knives, 38 prisoners overpowered prison guards and hijacked a food truck. One prison officer died during the escape and several others were wounded. Although half of the escapees were soon recaptured, the remaining 19 got away. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Shel Silverstein (1932)

Silverstein was an American cartoonist, children's author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Often compared to Dr. Seuss, he wrote and illustrated innovative books of verse for children, including Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and The Giving Tree. His quirky verse, which touches on common childhood anxieties and wishes, is credited with helping youngsters develop an appreciation for poetry. What hit song, performed by Johnny Cash, was written by Silverstein? More...
Quotation of the Day
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

lemon law

A law requiring an automobile manufacturer or dealer to replace, repair, or refund the cost of an automobile that proves to be defective after purchase. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Lutok Kobban Alele (2017)

The inhabitants of the Marshall Islands have long kept a tradition centered on the alele, a soft-sided basket handmade from the native pandanus plant. "Lutok Kobban Alele" is a weeklong festival that honors the basket as a national symbol and celebrates Marshallese culture in general, concluding with an official ceremony on Manit Day, a public holiday observed on the last Friday of September. Activities take place in the capital city of Majuro and include performances by Marshallese singers and dancers, feasts, traditional storytelling, and demonstrations of basket weaving and cooking. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: par

double eagle - Three strokes under par on a single golf hole. Also called an albatross. More...

par - Latin, literally "equal, equality." More...

double bogey - Two strokes over par. More...

birdie - The golf term birdie is a diminutive of bird, "first-rate thing," as it is one stroke under par for a hole. More...

In the News

Saving Lives at 18 of the World's Suicide "Hot Spots"

Since the Golden Gate Bridge was built in San Francisco in 1937, more than 1,600 people have jumped off it and died. The bridge is one of many sites around the world that are considered suicide hot spots because people use them frequently to take ... More...
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