Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

unfeigned

Definition:(adjective) Not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed.
Synonyms:genuine, true
Usage: I could tell from his unfeigned astonishment that he truly knew nothing about the robbery plans.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indicating Possession with Apostrophes

An apostrophe is used with nouns (people, places, and things) to indicate their possession of something. Most often, an apostrophe is placed at the end of a word, followed by what? More...
Article of the Day

Opium Dens

Opium dens, establishments where opium is sold and smoked, were especially popular in the 19th century, particularly in China, Southeast Asia, France, and North America. Chinese immigrants hired to build the transcontinental railroad during the California gold rush brought the practice of smoking opium to the US. There, opium dens operated unhindered until an epidemic of opiate addiction in the late 1800s forced them underground. When was New York City's last opium den reportedly shut down? More...
This Day in History

Operation Sunshine: First Crossing of a Submerged Vessel at North Pole (1958)

The USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine. In 1958, the Nautilus embarked on Operation Sunshine, during which it completed the first submerged journey across the North Pole, resurfacing northeast of Greenland 96 hours later. During the mission, deep ice in the area of the Chukchi Sea forced the Nautilus to turn back temporarily. In the event that the submarine became trapped in ice, what dramatic action did its commander plan to take? More...
Today's Birthday

Regina Jonas (1902)

After being denied ordination at least once, German Jewess Regina Jonas finally found a rabbi willing to defy convention and make her, in 1935, the first ordained woman rabbi. A victim of the Holocaust, Jonas's story went forgotten for many years, only coming to light when some of her writings, including a document titled "Lectures of the One and Only Woman Rabbi, Regina Jonas," were rediscovered long after her death at the hands of the Nazis. Where was she when she delivered these lectures? More...
Quotation of the Day
I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) blood runs cold

One becomes seized by an acute and intense sensation of fear, panic, horror, or dread. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival Interceltique (2018)

Created in 1971, the Festival Interceltique (Interceltic Festival) brings together traditional and contemporary expressions of Celtic culture and arts. Approximately 4,500 singers, instrumentalists, visual artists, dancers, professors, and filmmakers from the traditionally Celtic lands take part in the event, including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia (Spain), Asturias (Spain), and Brittany (France). The festival takes place in Lorient, a town in Brittany, from the first Friday in August and until the second Sunday of August. About 350,000 spectators attend the festival annually. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reflection

epiphonema - An exclamatory sentence or reflection summing up a discourse. More...

rainbow - Comes from Old Norse regnbogi (becoming Old English renboga, ren, "rain," and boga, "bend, bow") and is a bow or arch of the colors of the prism that is formed in the sky opposite to the sun by the reflection, double refraction, and dispersion of the sun's rays in falling drops of rain. More...

sheet lightning - Appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash. More...

In the News

Siberian Worms Frozen Over 30000 Years Ago Show Signs of Life

Scientists claim to have found signs of life in two worms extracted from patches of Siberia's permafrost dating back 30,000-40,000 years ago. The discovery was made by a group of Russian scientists from four different institutions in Moscow, working in ... More...
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