Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

paroxysm

Definition:(noun) A sudden uncontrollable attack.
Synonyms:convulsion, fit
Usage: Michael strained backward in a paroxysm of rage, making fierce short jumps to the end of the tether as he snarled and growled with utmost fierceness.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Clauses

Clauses are groups of words that contain both a subject and a predicate. There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses (which can function independently as sentences) and dependent clauses. What do dependent clauses depend on? More...
Article of the Day

The Palermo Stone

The Palermo stone is the largest known fragment of an ancient Egyptian stele containing the earliest extant historic annals. It was engraved around the 25th century BCE and includes a hieroglyphic listing of the kings of ancient Egypt, the years of their reigns, notations of historic events, and information pertaining to the flooding of the Nile. The stone was so named because it is housed in a museum in Palermo, Italy, but small pieces of it are held in what other cities? More...
This Day in History

First Flight over the North Pole? (1926)

In 1926, aviators Floyd Bennett and Richard Byrd took off from Spitsbergen Island on what would be a historic flight. When they returned, they announced that they had flown over the North Pole, becoming the first to do so. Although both men received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the feat—and Byrd went on to make the first flight over the South Pole in 1929—many were skeptical about their North Pole claims. What diary entries have led many to believe they never reached the pole? More...
Today's Birthday

Roger Hargreaves (1935)

English children's book author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves is best remembered for his beloved Mr. Men and Little Miss books, featuring colorful, boldly drawn characters like Mr. Silly, Mr. Happy, and Little Miss Chatterbox. Hargreaves is said to have been inspired to create the series after his young son innocently asked what a tickle looked like. Since 1971, when Mr. Tickle was first published, his books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. What does a tickle look like? More...
Quotation of the Day
A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

not in a million years

Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Russia) (2018)

Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9 people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: states

nation, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically. More...

political map - Shows the boundaries of cities, states, and countries. More...

statistic - Comes from a German noun describing knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the states of the world. More...

booster name - A nickname for a state (as on a license plate). More...

In the News

New DNA Research Sheds New Light on Ice Age Europe

Over the past two decades, the technology used to analyze the degraded DNA of ancient remains has dramatically advanced. As a result, researchers in a new study were able to map the genomes of 51 individuals who lived in Europe between 45,000 and ... More...
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