Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

netherworld

Definition:(noun) The world of the dead.
Synonyms:Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell
Usage: He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld and awoke the next morning vowing to repent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Separating Items in a List with Semicolons

When writing lists, we usually use commas to separate the individual elements. However, we use semicolons to make the division between the items clearer when one or more items in a list already includes what? More...
Article of the Day

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, preventing them from sending impulses to the muscles. Though the intellect remains intact, the muscles soon atrophy, causing weakness, paralysis, and eventual death. National attention was brought to the disease when Lou Gehrig died of it in 1941. What percentage of ALS cases is hereditary? More...
This Day in History

Lockheed SR-71 Flies from New York to London in Under Two Hours (1974)

Shrouded in secrecy, the SR-71 Blackbird was a US reconnaissance plane used from the 1960s through the 90s. Difficult to detect by radar and virtually untouchable by anti-aircraft missiles, it flew at three times the speed of sound and at altitudes of up to 85,000 feet (26,000 m). Its existence was publicly acknowledged in 1964. A decade later, an SR-71 flew from New York to London in just under 1 hour and 55 minutes, crushing the previous record. What life support measures kept the crew alive? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reuther (1907)

Reuther was a US labor leader. As a local union leader in Detroit, Michigan, he helped organize sit-down strikes that made the United Automobile Workers (UAW) a power in the auto industry. He was president of the UAW from 1946 until his 1970 death in a plane crash. He was an architect of the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). What role did Reuther play in the so-called Chicken War between the US and Europe in the 1960s? More...
Quotation of the Day
A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

the last of the lot

The last or final person(s) or thing(s) in a given group or list. More...
Today's Holiday

Partridge Day (2017)

This is traditionally the day on which the partridge-hunting season opens in England. Just as Grouse Day in Scotland (Glorious Twelfth) was often referred to as St. Grouse's Day, Partridge Day was sometimes called St. Partridge's Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swimming

enatation - Escape by swimming. More...

butterfly stroke - In swimming, the stroke in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forward together. More...

shoal - A synonym for "school," referring to a large number of fish swimming together. More...

supernatant - Means "swimming on the surface." More...

In the News

Scientists Help Chicago's Stinky "Corpse Flower" Blossom

A rare foul-smelling flower expected to bloom this week had to get an assist from scientists when it didn't open at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 50,000 people visited the corpse flower in suburban Glencoe this month. The garden also live-streamed ... More...
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