Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

matriarch

Definition:(noun) A woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
Synonyms:materfamilias
Usage: When the matriarch of the clan appeared in the doorway, all conversation immediately ceased.
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

Edgar Allan Poe's "Eureka"

Famed poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe considered his 1848 essay "Eureka" to be his career masterpiece. Though described as a "prose poem" by Poe, who wished it to be viewed as art, the work is also a notable scientific and mystical essay unlike any of his other works and includes a cosmological theory that touches on black holes and the big bang theory about 80 years before the 2 subjects gained widespread recognition. Poe claimed "Eureka" was more important than what major scientific discovery? 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
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

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

Beware Extremes: Exercise, Anger May Trigger Heart Attack

If you're angry or upset, you might want to simmer down before heading out for an intense run or gym workout. A large, international study ties heavy exertion while stressed or mad to a tripled risk of having a heart attack within an hour. Regular exercise ... More...
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