Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 11, 2017)
Word of the Day

lidless

Definition:(adjective) Watchful; vigilant.
Synonyms:sleepless
Usage: He was vigilant—a lidless watcher of the public weal—and took great care to make sure that all was well with his neighbors.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Aspects of the Present Tense

The present tense is combined with four traditional aspects to form the structures that are known as the present simple, the present continuous (or present progressive), the present perfect, and the present perfect continuous. Although these structures are generally taught as individual "tenses" of verbs, what are they are actually? More...
Article of the Day

Sir Thomas Phillipps and His Multitude of Books

An English antiquary and book collector, Phillipps amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century. He suffered from severe bibliomania—an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving the collecting or hoarding of books—and spent much of his inherited fortune expanding his holdings, which ultimately contained some 100,000 books and manuscripts and was arguably the largest collection amassed by a single individual. How long did it take to disperse the works after his death? More...
This Day in History

The Le Mans Disaster (1955)

The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race was created in 1923, when cars' top speeds hovered around 60 mph (97 km/h). Thirty years later, top speeds had more than tripled, with little change to the course. In the 1955 race, a narrow pass near the pit stop caused racer Pierre Levegh to hit another car from behind while traveling at about 150 mph (240 km/h). Levegh's Mercedes went airborne, and parts flew into the stands, killing Levegh and more than 80 spectators. Why did the race continue? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Wilder (1933)

Wilder was just 8 years old when his ailing mother's doctor urged him to try making her laugh. The boy took those words to heart and developed a passion for performing that eventually led him to Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in comedy classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. He cowrote the latter film with producer and director Mel Brooks, and their screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. Which film sequel's script beat them out? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

meatball surgery

Battlefield surgery that is performed hastily so as to quickly stabilize a patient and prevent his or her imminent death. Popularized (and possibly coined) by H. Richard Hornberger in his semi-autobiographical novel M*A*S*H, which focused on doctors serving in a fictional mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Queen's Birthday (Australia, except for the Western state) (2018)

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, but her birthday is officially observed in June by proclamation each year. But in Australia, Queen's Birthday is a national holiday celebrated on the second Monday in June (except Western Australia). It was first observed there in 1788, not long after the country was settled. June 4, the birthday of King George III, was set aside at that time as a holiday for convicts and settlers. After George V died in 1936, a date close to his birthday (June 3) was set aside to honor the reigning king or queen. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rigging

rig, rigging - A ship's rig is the arrangement of masts, sails, etc.; the rigging is the system of ropes or chains supporting these. More...

spread-eagle - First described a navy man who was lashed to the rigging for flogging. More...

furniture - The furniture of a ship is its apparel, including the sails, rigging, and anchor; to apparel, in early use, meant "make ready or fit." More...

tight ship - Literally one in which ropes and rigging are tied and taut. More...

In the News

Could Snake Venom Help Heart Patients?

An experimental antiplatelet drug has surprising bite. Based on a protein found in snake venom, the new drug prevented blood clotting in mice without causing excessive bleeding after an injury, according to research published Thursday in the ... More...
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