Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

birthmark

Definition:(noun) A blemish on the skin that is formed before birth.
Synonyms:nevus
Usage: They named their newborn daughter Daisy because she had a delicate little birthmark on her shoulder that resembled a flower.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Numbered and Lettered Lists

Similar to quotation marks, parentheses are always used in pairs—we cannot have a single parenthesis (the name for one of the brackets on its own) without its match appearing elsewhere nearby. The one exception is when we structure a list in what way? More...
Article of the Day

The Möbius Strip

Discovered independently by German mathematicians August Möbius and Johann Listing in 1858, the Möbius strip is a continuous one-sided surface formed by rotating one end of a rectangular strip 180° and attaching it to the other end. If cut down the center, instead of two new strips, only one long one is produced. Because these strips effectively double surface area, they have practical applications as conveyor belts, continuous-loop recording tapes, and ribbons used in what kinds of machines? More...
This Day in History

The Great Tangshan Earthquake (1976)

In July 1976, Wang Chengmin of China's State Seismological Bureau concluded that the Tangshan region would be struck by a significant quake between July 22 and August 5. Based on the prediction, Qinglong County undertook serious emergency preparations, a move that likely limited the number of casualties there when a powerful temblor struck on July 28, destroying hundreds of thousands of buildings and killing as many as 700,000 across Tangshan. What were the political consequences of the quake? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques Piccard (1922)

Piccard was a Swiss oceanographer and engineer who developed underwater vehicles for studying ocean currents. He came from a family of adventurers, and his father was known for exploratory balloon flights. Together, they developed the bathyscaphe for deep-sea travel. In 1960, Piccard and Don Walsh of the US Navy set a new submarine depth record when they reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, a depth of about 35,800 feet (10,912 m). What cut the mission short? More...
Quotation of the Day
History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

through the grapevine

Through or via an informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. More...
Today's Holiday

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous (2018)

Every July since 1975, classic wooden yachts of pre-1952 vintage have gathered for the annual Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. More than 50 boats from throughout the Northeast participate each year, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind. The boats can be viewed at dockside on Friday evening and early on Saturday. Sunday afternoon the vessels begin their colorful parade down the Mystic River to Noank, led by the museum's 84-year-old steamboat, Sabino, with a Dixieland jazz band on board. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small piece

collup - A small piece or slice. More...

cover slip - The small piece of thin glass that goes over the specimen on a microscope slide. More...

brioche - In French, it literally means "split up into small pieces." More...

stamp - Originally meant "crush into small pieces; pound"; its sense of "imprint with design by pressure" came into play in the 16th century—and is the semantic basis of postage stamp. More...

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