Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

propinquity

Definition:(noun) The property of being close together.
Synonyms:proximity
Usage: She loved Emma Jane, but it was a friendship born of propinquity and circumstance, not of true affinity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs that Take Gerunds

Stative verbs, also known as verbs of feeling, are very likely to take gerunds as their objects. "Love" is a common stative verb that takes gerunds. What is the gerund in the following sentence? "I love going to the movies." More...
Article of the Day

The History of Opium Use

The medicinal properties of opium have been known for millennia, and by 4000 BCE, both Sumerian and European cultures were using it as a narcotic. Early in the 19th century, British merchants began smuggling opium into China, and by 1905, more than a quarter of China's male population was addicted to the drug. The generous use of opium-derived morphine in treating wounded American Civil War soldiers also produced many addicts. How much morphine does one gram of poppy seeds contain? More...
This Day in History

BBC Report: Spaghetti Grows on Trees (1957)

An estimated 8 million unsuspecting viewers were watching the BBC's trusted current affairs program Panorama when it aired one of the first televised hoaxes in history, a 3-minute report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest. Afterwards, the station received calls from hundreds of curious viewers, including some who wanted information on cultivating their own spaghetti plants. In the report, the year's abundant spaghetti crop was attributed to a mild winter and the near-elimination of what pest? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Germain (1776)

Growing up during the French Revolution, a young Germain turned to her father's library for entertainment and discovered a passion for mathematics. Despite facing opposition due to her gender, the self-taught Germain was eventually able to attend the lectures of the French Academy of Sciences. She corresponded by mail with a number of prominent mentors, including mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, by using a male pseudonym. How did Gauss discover that Germain was a woman? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everything is self-evident.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

many happy returns of the day

I wish you a very happy birthday and many more like it in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Easter (Hollywood, California) (2018)

The early Christians believed that on Easter morning, the sun danced in honor of the resurrection of Christ, which led to the custom of rising before dawn to witness the phenomenon. At the Hollywood Bowl, a huge outdoor amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills, California, the Easter sunrise service is attended by about 30,000 people, who spend the night in the stadium. About 50,000 calla lilies decorate the stage, where a huge choir and a symphony orchestra perform the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah and traditional Easter hymns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: incapable

impassible, impassable - Impassible is incapable of feeling or suffering; impassable is not capable of being passed. More...

impregnable - Means "incapable of being taken by force" (from French prendre, "seize"). More...

indefatigable - Means "incapable of being wearied." More...

inimitable - Means "unique; incapable of being imitated." More...

In the News

"Dancing" Frog Tadpoles Burrow Under the Sand

A family of dancing frogs spends its tadpole time living beneath sand, with a body built for burrowing. That's according to scientists from India and the United States, who have found the never-before-seen tadpoles of the Indian Dancing frog family ... More...
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