Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

nerveless

Definition:(adjective) Lacking strength or energy; spiritless; weak.
Synonyms:feeble
Usage: He was a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending Exclamatory Sentences

Exclamation points are most often used in place of periods to end declarative sentences that express a very strong emotion, such as anger, excitement, surprise, or disgust. What are such sentences sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation is a medical treatment that involves the use of a device called a brain pacemaker, which sends high-frequency electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain via implanted electrodes. The technique has provided remarkable therapeutic benefits for otherwise treatment-resistant disorders such as chronic pain and Parkinson's disease, however, its underlying principles and mechanisms are still not clear, and there is potential for serious side effects, including what? More...
This Day in History

Space Monkeys Finally Survive a Space Flight, Humans Soon to Follow (1959)

Several monkeys were launched into space before 1959, but Able and Miss Baker became the first to survive such a trip—a 16-minute flight aboard a US missile. Able, a rhesus monkey, died just days after the flight while undergoing surgery to remove a medical electrode. Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, lived to the age of 27 and is buried on the grounds of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she spent most of her life. Able was preserved and can now be seen where? More...
Today's Birthday

Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie: The Dionne Quintuplets (1934)

As the first set of quintuplets known to have survived infancy, the Dionne sisters of Ontario, Canada, garnered international attention. Sadly, they were exploited almost from birth. As infants, the quintuplets were removed from their parents' care and made wards of the state. However, rather than protect them from parents it had deemed unfit, the government instead used the girls to establish "Quintland," a popular tourist attraction. What killed one of the quints at age 20? More...
Quotation of the Day
But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

not a moment too soon

At the last possible moment before it is too late; just in the nick of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Memorial Day (2018)

Memorial Day is a legal holiday proclaimed annually by the president to honor U.S. citizens who have died in war. Both religious services and patriotic parades mark the day's celebrations. In the national official observance, a wreath is placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. One of the more moving observances is at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania, where schoolchildren scatter flowers over the graves of unknown soldiers of the Civil War. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: north

arctic - Comes from the ancient Greeks' word for north, arktikos, literally "of the bear"; arctic should be pronounced AHRK-tik. More...

above - Traces back to Old English bove, first meaning "north" and later taking the meaning of "overhead." More...

true north - North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north. More...

cold - When the moon is far to the north, it is popularly called a cold moon. More...

In the News

Whales Reached Huge Size Only Recently

Blue whales are the biggest animals that have ever existed on Earth but they only recently* got that way. This is the extraordinary finding from a new study that examined the fossil record of baleens - the group of filter feeders to which the blues belong. These ... More...
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