Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

rhizome

Definition:(noun) A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
Synonyms:rootstalk
Usage: It was not apparent that the neighboring stalk belonged to the original plant because the rhizome connecting the two was underground.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are most commonly used to indicate the exact words that someone else said. This is known as direct speech or direct quotation. What are the two forms of quotation marks? More...
Article of the Day

Jet Li

Jet Li is a Chinese martial artist and action star, one of the few actors from China who have achieved fame outside of Asia. When he was 8, Li's mother sent him to train in wushu, an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. He became an expert and won 15 gold medals in the Chinese championships, earning him fame and leading to a career as an action star. In 2004, Li suffered what injuries when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Maldives? More...
This Day in History

Mary Surratt Hanged for Role in Lincoln Assassination (1865)

When Surratt was hanged for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, she became the first woman executed by the US federal government. Today, her execution is generally considered to have been a gross miscarriage of justice. During her trial, prosecutors failed to establish that she knew of John Wilkes Booth's unsuccessful plot to abduct Lincoln, and it is now widely believed that she was not a party to the assassination plans either. What happened to her son, who also stood accused? More...
Today's Birthday

Camillo Golgi (1843)

An Italian physician and cytologist, Golgi devised a way to stain nerve tissue and, using the technique, was able to clearly observe a neuron, now called a Golgi cell, along with its axon and dendrites branching off. The discovery led to the identification of the neuron as the basic structural unit of the nervous system. He also discovered the Golgi tendon organ and the Golgi apparatus. He shared the 1906 Nobel Prize with Santiago Ramón y Cajal. What discovery did Golgi make about malaria? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

food baby

A large and/or protrotruding stomach (thought to resemble a pregnant belly) after one has eaten a big meal. More...
Today's Holiday

Solomon Islands Independence Day (2019)

The Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific gained independence from Britain on this day in 1978. They had been under British control since 1900. Independence Day is a national holiday throughout the islands. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pulse

light year - Not a length of time but a distance, the distance a pulse of light travels in one year (about 5.88 trillion miles). More...

pea - Comes from Greek pison, "pulse, pease." More...

asphyxia - Its original meaning was stoppage of the pulse. More...

ictus - The beat of the pulse, based on the Latin word for "stroke." More...

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