Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

girth

Definition:(noun) The distance around something; the circumference.
Synonyms:circumference, perimeter
Usage: It was an enormous tree, its girth twice as great as what a man could embrace.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending Exclamatory Sentences

Exclamation points are most often used in place of periods to end declarative sentences that express a very strong emotion, such as anger, excitement, surprise, or disgust. What are such sentences sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, a celebrated ballet by Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker turns into a prince and leads her to a magical land. In 1954, George Balanchine choreographed and premiered his New York City Ballet version, which was later made into a feature film. Mikhail Baryshnikov choreographed another enormously popular version for the American Ballet Theatre. What novel instrument did Tchaikovsky use in the Nutcracker score? More...
This Day in History

Space Monkeys Finally Survive a Space Flight, Humans Soon to Follow (1959)

Several monkeys were launched into space before 1959, but Able and Miss Baker became the first to survive such a trip—a 16-minute flight aboard a US missile. Able, a rhesus monkey, died just days after the flight while undergoing surgery to remove a medical electrode. Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, lived to the age of 27 and is buried on the grounds of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she spent most of her life. Able was preserved and can now be seen where? More...
Today's Birthday

Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie: The Dionne Quintuplets (1934)

As the first set of quintuplets known to have survived infancy, the Dionne sisters of Ontario, Canada, garnered international attention. Sadly, they were exploited almost from birth. As infants, the quintuplets were removed from their parents' care and made wards of the state. However, rather than protect them from parents it had deemed unfit, the government instead used the girls to establish "Quintland," a popular tourist attraction. What killed one of the quints at age 20? More...
Quotation of the Day
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

not a moment too soon

At the last possible moment before it is too late; just in the nick of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Memorial Day (2018)

Memorial Day is a legal holiday proclaimed annually by the president to honor U.S. citizens who have died in war. Both religious services and patriotic parades mark the day's celebrations. In the national official observance, a wreath is placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. One of the more moving observances is at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania, where schoolchildren scatter flowers over the graves of unknown soldiers of the Civil War. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: north

arctic - Comes from the ancient Greeks' word for north, arktikos, literally "of the bear"; arctic should be pronounced AHRK-tik. More...

above - Traces back to Old English bove, first meaning "north" and later taking the meaning of "overhead." More...

true north - North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north. More...

cold - When the moon is far to the north, it is popularly called a cold moon. More...

In the News

Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Threatening Species Where Darwin Studied

Nature erupted in all its glory this week, spitting fire, spewing smoke 6 miles into the air and threatening a species on the islands where Charles Darwin first began to develop the theory of evolution. Early Monday morning, the Wolf Volcano on Isabela ... More...
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