Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

schism

Definition:(noun) A separation or division into factions.
Synonyms:discord, split
Usage: Heretics were burned for attempting to create a schism in the Catholic Church.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs

An adverb refers to any element in a sentence used to modify a verb, adjective, another adverb, or even an entire clause. What is an adverbial? More...
Article of the Day

The Toyota Prius

The award-winning Toyota Prius was the world's first commercially mass-produced and marketed hybrid automobile. Toyota's goal for the Prius was to reduce the amount of pollutants it produced and to increase its energy efficiency. To achieve this goal, the company reduced the engine's gasoline consumption, added two electric motor/generators, reduced air resistance and road friction, and reduced the car's weight. Supposedly, why did Toyota choose the name "Prius" for their hybrid car? More...
This Day in History

Casey Jones Dies on the Cannonball Express (1900)

Jones was an American locomotive engineer whose main claim to fame, until his fateful run on the Cannonball Express, was his punctuality. On April 30, 1900, he was driving the Cannonball Express south on a dangerous, accident-prone run when he suddenly saw a stalled freight train ahead. Instead of jumping to safety, he stayed to slow his train, saving his coworkers and passengers but losing his own life in the process. Who wrote the ballad that immortalized him as a folk hero? More...
Today's Birthday

Kaspar Hauser (1812)

In 1828, a teenage boy appeared in Nuremberg, Germany, carrying a letter that stated he had been placed in the care of the anonymous author as an infant. This caretaker claimed to have taught the boy reading, writing, and religion but never let him leave the house. The boy barely spoke but confirmed that he had been kept in a dark prison hole. In the following years, he sustained several mysterious injuries, and he was fatally stabbed in 1833. Who is thought to have been behind his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be in tall cotton

To be in a time or period of great success or wellbeing; to be doing very well. More...
Today's Holiday

Stratford Festival (2020)

What started in Stratford, Ontario, in 1953 as a six-week Shakespearean drama festival under the artistic leadership of Alec Guinness and Irene Worth has since expanded into a 26-week event drawing an audience of half a million people. All of Shakespeare's plays have been performed here over the years, as well as works by Sophocles (c. 496-406 BCE), Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Jean-Baptiste Molière (1622-1673), Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), Richard Sheridan (1751-1816), Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), and a number of Canadian playwrights. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mushroom

mushroom - Before it was a mushroom, it was called either toadstool or funge, from Latin fungus; small mushrooms are called "buttons," medium-sized ones are "cups," and the largest are "flat" or "open" mushrooms. More...

fly agaric - A mushroom with a narcotic juice that, in sufficient quantities, is poisonous. More...

pileated - Etymologically means "capped," like a mushroom, but now refers to a bird with a crest on the top of the head from the bill to the nape. More...

shiitake - Japanese for "evergreen beech, chinquapin" (shii) and "mushroom" (take). More...

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