Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

tetragon

Definition:(noun) A four-sided polygon.
Synonyms:quadrangle, quadrilateral
Usage: Long after the teacher had moved on from the geometry lesson, Alice found herself absentmindedly sketching tetragons in her notebook.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. What are the most common prepositions found at the end of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

High-Speed Photography

High-speed photography allows fast moving phenomena to be recorded with precision and clarity. While in 1948 high-speed photography was defined as a set of at least 3 photographs taken by a camera capable of recording a minimum of 128 frames per second, today's equipment can shoot as many as 1 million frames per second. High-speed photography was first put to practical use in 1878 to investigate whether or not a trotting horse ever has all 4 feet off the ground at once. What did the images show? More...
This Day in History

Radio City Music Hall Opens in New York City (1932)

Developed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the Radio Corporation of America, and the creator of the Roxy Theatre, New York's landmark Radio City Music Hall opened with a lavish variety show that was not well received. Instead, the world's largest indoor theater began showing movies with accompanying stage spectacles. Recently, it has focused on concerts and live events such as the Grammy Awards. Its annual Christmas show remains a popular tourist attraction. What was the first film shown there? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Pasteur (1822)

Perhaps best remembered for developing the pasteurization process, Pasteur was a French microbiologist who made great strides in keeping people safe by revolutionizing contemporary thinking about diseases. He proved that food spoilage was due to exposure to microorganisms, leading to the use of heat pasteurization to kill bacteria. He developed vaccines against anthrax, cholera, and rabies, and his work on silkworm diseases saved the French silk industry. What was "Pasteur's Deception"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Why is it that when you awake to the world of realities you nearly always feel, sometimes very vividly, that the vanished dream has carried with it some enigma which you have failed to solve?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

live in an/(one's) ivory tower

To reside or exist in a place or among a social circle that is characterized by effete academic intelligence and thus is out of touch with or aloof from the realities of life. More...
Today's Holiday

Second Night of Kwanzaa (2017)

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of family and black culture. Each day is dedicated to one of seven principles: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith). Families gather in the evenings to discuss the principle of the day, and then light a black, red, or green candle and place it in a candleholder called a kinara. On the evening of Dec. 31, families join for a feast called the karamu. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pink

pink - If you pink your eyes, you half-shut them. More...

in the pink - Comes from the English foxhunting tradition; people who foxhunt often wear scarlet jackets and are called pinks—so if you are in the pink, you are about to set off to gallop your horse across country. More...

incarnadine - Can mean "flesh-colored or pink," but also "crimson, blood-red." More...

pink - The color gets its name from the flowering plant of the same name. More...

In the News

New Research on Giraffe Biology, Dwindling Population Size Gives Zoos a Tall Order

A pair of scientific discoveries have forced zoos to rethink how they handle giraffes. Earlier this month the International Union for Conservation of Nature reclassified giraffes on its Red List of Threatened Species, changing their status from “Least Concerned” to ... More...
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