# Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

### callback

 Definition: (noun) A recall of a recently sold product by the manufacturer to correct a defect. Synonyms: recall Usage: The manufacturer was forced to issue a callback of the toy when it was declared a choking hazard.
Daily Grammar Lesson

### Multiple Prepositional Phrases

Sentences can (and often do) have more than one prepositional phrase. How can you tell what kind of prepositional phrase each one is? More...
Article of the Day

### Sudoku

Sudoku is a number puzzle based on the Latin squares described by the 18th-century Swiss mathematician Euler. The modern version consists of a box divided into nine squares, each of which is again divided into nine smaller boxes, making 81 boxes in total. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. The objective is to fill the grid so that every column, every row, and every 3×3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. What was sudoku originally called? More...
This Day in History

### Attica Prison Riot: 33 Guards Taken Hostage (1971)

Though the US made strides in prison reform in the 20th century, not enough had apparently changed at Attica Correctional Facility by 1971 to appease those confined in the overcrowded New York prison. At the time, inmates got just one "shower" a week and one roll of toilet paper a month. It was against these, and other, conditions that prisoners were protesting when they rioted and took 33 guards hostage. Days later, authorities stormed the prison, killing 39, including how many of the hostages? More...
Today's Birthday

### Otis Redding (1941)

Redding, an American soul singer known for his emotive style, began his career with Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers and recorded his first hit, "These Arms of Mine," during time left over at the end of a Johnny Jenkins session. His biggest hit, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," was recorded just days before he died in a plane crash at age 26. It became the first posthumous number-one single. What are some different explanations for why Redding whistles at the end of the song? More...
Quotation of the Day
In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

### one side

Move aside! Get out of the way! (Short for "move to one side.") More...
Today's Holiday

### Tajikistan Independence Day (2018)

On September 9, 1991, Tajikistan officially declared its independence from the distintegrating Soviet Union. Independence Day is celebrated with parades, solomn services, theatrical events, and pageantry. July 22 is another national holiday, celebrating the Tajik language. More...
Word Trivia

### Today's topic: mysterious

arcane - Meaning "hidden, secret; mysterious, abstruse," it is from Latin arcere, "shut up," from arca, "chest." More...

god moves in a mysterious way, the worse for wear, variety is the spice of life - "God moves in a mysterious way" originated with poet William Cowper—as did the phrases "the worse for wear" and "variety is the spice of life." More...

handwriting on the wall, writing on the wall - Handwriting on the wall (or writing on the wall) comes from the Bible (Daniel 5:5-31), in which the prophet interprets some mysterious writing that a disembodied hand has inscribed on the palace wall, telling King Belshazzar that he will be overthrown. More...

fluence - To put the fluence on is to use one's mysterious, magical, or hypnotic power. More...

In the News

### Your Cat May Not Need You as Much as You Need It

Your cat may love you, but it may not need you.That’s according to a new study by animal behavior specialists at England's University of Lincoln, which confirms the old trope about our feline friends: that unlike dogs, which perceive their owners as a ... More...
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