Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

maelstrom

Definition:(noun) A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.
Synonyms:whirlpool, vortex
Usage: Suddenly going down in a maelstrom, within three rods of the planks, he wholly disappeared from view, as if diving under the keel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is formed by using a form of the auxiliary verb "have" along with "been" and the present participle of the "main" verb. The present perfect continuous is very close in meaning to how we use the present perfect tense. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

The Ming Dynasty

The Ming dynasty ruled over China from 1368-1644. The first Ming emperor, Chu Yüan-chang, had been a Buddhist monk before joining a rebellion, gaining control of it, and overthrowing the Mongol Yüan dynasty. Chu Yüan-chang effectively unified China, setting up a strong centralized government and instituting economic recovery programs. Despite these political modifications, the dynasty never set up a viable tax policy and always struggled financially. What was the purpose of the Jinyiwei? More...
This Day in History

Young Readers Get Their First Taste of Paddington Bear (1958)

Michael Bond first introduced Paddington Bear to the world in his 1958 children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Paddington, a polite immigrant bear from Darkest Peru, is taken in by the Brown family after they find him in a London train station. A variety of books feature the well-meaning bear, whose adventures have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. An award-winning TV show helped the series retain its popularity well into the 1990s. What inspired Brown to create Paddington? More...
Today's Birthday

Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow (1821)

A German pathologist, anthropologist, and statesman, Virchow contributed to nearly every branch of medical science, was a member of the Prussian lower house and later the Reichstag, and was a leader of the liberal party opposed to Bismarck. He coined the terms "thrombosis" and "embolism" and supported emerging ideas on cell division and metabolism. His many contributions earned him the appellation "Father of Modern Pathology." What was the "Sausage Duel," and how was Virchow involved in it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who do not complain are never pitied.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

sleep like a baby

To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. More...
Today's Holiday

Eo e Emalani i Alaka i Festival (2018)

This annual outdoor celebration takes place on the second Saturday in October in Koke'e State Park, Kaua'i, Hawaii. It is a joyous commemoration of the journey of Queen Emma Naea Rooke in 1871 to the upper reaches of Kilohana Viewpoint. At the festival, a woman from the Halau and an entourage re-enacts Queen Emma's entrance to the mountain meadow, where they are greeted by hula dancers who offer ancient chants and special dances to the party. The day's activities also include demonstrations of local crafts, including lauhala (fan and matt) weaving and Ni'ihau shell lei-making. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wrinkle

rugose - Means marked by rugae, or wrinkles, from Latin ruga, "wrinkle." More...

scrump, scrumple - Scrump is something withered or shriveled or dried up, and a scrumple is a wrinkle or crease. More...

crunkle - To crinkle, rumple, or wrinkle. More...

frounce - To wrinkle or fold. More...

In the News

Why Elephants Rarely Get Cancer - and What We Can Learn from Them

Dr. Joshua D. Schiffman, a pediatric oncologist, was on a normal trip to Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo in 2012 with his three children when he stumbled across an unlikely source of inspiration that would feed his current cancer research - elephant blood. The zoo's ... More...
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