Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

revetment

Definition:(noun) A facing, as of masonry, used to support an embankment.
Synonyms:stone facing
Usage: Like seawalls, revetments armor and protect the land behind them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a type of dependent clause that is able to function grammatically like a noun in a sentence. Noun clauses, like all clauses, contain what two things? More...
Article of the Day

Grapeshot

Grapeshot is a cluster of small iron balls loaded into a canvas bag and fired from a cannon. When a grapeshot-loaded cannon is fired, the balls disperse at a high velocity, causing devastation similar to that of a scaled-up shotgun. This ammunition was especially effective against infantry massed at close range and was used until the early 19th century, when it was largely replaced by metal-cased canister shot. Which pirate was killed by a blast of grapeshot? More...
This Day in History

Mountainside Collapses on Town in Alberta, Canada (1903)

Before dawn on April 29, 1903, millions of tons of limestone tumbled from the face of Alberta's Turtle Mountain onto the valley below, burying several buildings on the outskirts of the coal mining town of Frank. Though dozens were killed, only a handful of bodies were recovered from the debris. Scientists believe the slide was caused by a number of factors and speculate that another slide will likely occur. What legends about the slide arose in its aftermath and continue to persist today? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, AKA Tammi Terrell (1945)

In his rise to fame, Motown legend Marvin Gaye paired with a number of female vocalists. Among them was the young Tammi Terrell, with whom Gaye recorded several hit duets, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." During a 1967 performance, Terrell collapsed on stage and was discovered to have a brain tumor. Despite several operations, Terrell died at the age of 24, and Gaye took a lengthy hiatus from performing. Whose vocals were rumored to have replaced Terrell's on her final album with Gaye? More...
Quotation of the Day
Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

mush (something) up

To mash or crush something into a thick, soft pulp. More...
Today's Holiday

Stockton Asparagus Festival (2018)

This celebration takes place in Stockton, California, the heart of the region that claims to be the "Asparagus Capital of the Nation." The festival began in 1986 and it now draws 80,000 spectators to the region's various events. These include about 50 food booths in Asparagus Alley, a wine-tasting booth, a fun run (some runners wear asparagus spears in their headbands), a car show of some 200 antique and classic cars, live entertainment, and children's activities. There's also a recipe contest; among the past winning entries are enchiladas and lasagna made with asparagus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: remember

moment - To have a moment is to suddenly forget where you are and what's going on; it is also called a bristlecone or a senior moment. More...

absence of mind - The failure to remember what one is doing. More...

brain cloud - The temporary inability to think properly, or to remember something. More...

souvenir - Literally French for "remember," from Latin subvenire, "occur to the mind." More...

In the News

A Brand New "Atlas" Shows Where Different Ideas Live in Our Brains

A man on the radio is talking about what it was like to come out to his family as gay. The sound of his voice streams into the ear of the listener and vibrates in the snail shell-shaped cavity of her cochlea. The sounds are translated into electric ... More...
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