Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

nonentity

Definition:(noun) A person of no influence.
Synonyms:nobody, cipher
Usage: After losing the gubernatorial election, she was written off as a political nonentity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions Used with Concurrent Actions

When two actions occur at the same time, there are several subordinating conjunctions we can use, but each has a slightly different meaning. If we are not adding any particular emphasis, we use "when." However, what subordinating conjunctions would we use to emphasize that two actions occurred (or will occur) at exactly the same time or in rapid succession? More...
Article of the Day

The Whiskey Robber

After trying to make a living as a gravedigger, pelt smuggler, and hockey player, Romanian-Hungarian Attila Ambrus turned to a life of crime. Known as the Whiskey Robber because he was often seen drinking whiskey at a pub prior to his heists, Ambrus committed 27 robberies between 1993 and his arrest in 1999. Though he stole about $1,000,000 in total, he became a folk hero for never harming his victims, presenting female bank tellers with flowers prior to robberies, and sending what to police? More...
This Day in History

Roger Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile (1954)

Bannister was a British medical student when he became the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes—a barrier many experts had long considered unbreakable. His official time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. Australia's John Landy and New Zealand's Peter Snell bettered the record that year, but in August, Bannister defeated Landy at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, clocking 3:58.8 in a thrilling race. For his accomplishments, Bannister became the first to earn what honor? More...
Today's Birthday

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904)

Feldenkrais was a Russian-born Israeli physicist and engineer who was also an avid soccer player and a judo master. Motivated by a debilitating knee injury of his own, Feldenkrais developed a system to improve body movement and function and reduce pain by increasing self-awareness and re-educating the neuromuscular system. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the Feldenkrais method has gradually gained acceptance. Which statesman did Feldenkrais allegedly teach to stand on his head? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

nature's way of (doing something)

A natural biological process by which something is done or accomplished. More...
Today's Holiday

Sunday School Day (Faka-Me) (2018)

In the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, many of whose inhabitants are Methodist, the first Sunday in May is known as Faka Me, or Sunday School Day. The children rise early put on the new clothes that their mothers have made: valas, or kilts, for the boys and new dresses for the girls. Then they all go to church, where the youngest children sing a hymn or recite a verse of scripture in front of the congregation and the older children present biblical dramas. At the feast that always follows a church service, a variety of Polynesian specialties are served to the children by the adults. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: host

host - One of its early senses was "army." More...

harbinger - Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host. More...

table d' hote, prix fixe - Table d' hote, literally "table of the host," is a complete meal with specified courses for a set price—and means the same as prix fixe. More...

French leave - Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. More...

In the News

Scientists 'keep pigs' brains alive without a body for up to 36 hours'

Researchers in the US say they have managed to keep the brains of decapitated pigs alive outside of the body for up to 36 hours by circulating an oxygen-rich fluid through the organs. While the scientists, led by Yale University neuroscientist Nenad Sestan, say the ... More...
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