Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 7, 2016)
Word of the Day

effigy

Definition:(noun) A likeness or image, especially of a person.
Synonyms:simulacrum, image
Usage: The penny bears an effigy of Lincoln.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Definite and Indefinite Articles

The definite article "the" is used to identify a specific person, place, or thing. What are the indefinite articles "a" and "an" used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley

In 1885, after attaching a bellows camera to a compound microscope, Bentley became the first known snowflake photographer. He went on to develop a highly successful method of photographing the ephemeral snow crystals on a black velvet backing before they melted. Bentley also collaborated on the article that proposed the idea that no two snowflakes are alike. In 1931, some 2,000 of Bentley's 5,000 snowflake photographs were published in a book titled what? More...
This Day in History

Hermine Braunsteiner Becomes First Nazi Extradited from the US (1973)

Nicknamed the "Stomping Mare" for her violent kicking of prisoners, Braunsteiner was a Nazi concentration camp guard during WWII. After the war, she spent a brief period in jail for war crimes before marrying an American and becoming a US citizen. In 1964, she was confronted at her home in New York by a reporter tipped off about her past by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. When her role in the war came to light, she was stripped of her citizenship and extradited to West Germany. What became of her? More...
Today's Birthday

John Heathcoat (1783)

Heathcoat was not the first person to invent a lacemaking machine, but his apparatus was the first to produce an exact imitation of handmade pillow lace. Patented in 1809, it was the most complex textile machine then in existence. Heathcoat decided to capitalize on his invention by opening a lace mill, but textile workers, angry that they were being replaced by machines, attacked and destroyed it in 1816. Undeterred, he opened a new mill elsewhere. What happened to the steam plough he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

the other side

Existence after death; the world of the afterlife. More...
Today's Holiday

Côte d'Ivoire Independence Day (2018)

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) was granted independence from France on August 7, 1960. It had been a French colony since 1893. Independence Day is a national holiday in Ivory Coast, celebrated with parades, dancing, and fireworks. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shoulder

hobo - A style of handbag or purse that is typically large and characterized by a crescent shape, a slouchy posture and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. More...

lane - A narrow, often bucolic, path that lacks a shoulder or median; it can also be a division of a larger road. More...

jowl - The head and shoulders of certain fishes, such as salmon and sturgeon. More...

trousseau - The French diminutive of truss or bundle—the thing that tramps or runaways carry tied to a stick over their shoulders. More...

In the News

Pregnancy Myths that Are True: Women Are More Fertile after Tonsils and Appendixes Are Removed, Stud

One of the many myths regarding pregnancy and conception has recently been busted. For years, there has been a lot of confusion on whether having tonsils and appendixes removed reduced a woman's chances of getting pregnant. Now, finally, the myth has ... More...
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