Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

fatuity

Definition:(noun) Something that is utterly stupid or silly.
Synonyms:absurdity, fatuousness, silliness
Usage: In his fatuity, the beggar believed the princess to be in love with him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adverbs

There is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear—this is known as the order of adverbs (or the royal order of adverbs). What type of adverb is typically used first in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Lydia Fairchild and Her Hidden Twin

When DNA tests showed that Lydia Fairchild was not biologically related to her children, she was prosecuted for fraud and faced the possibility of having them removed from her custody. Throughout her trial, Fairchild maintained that she had conceived and given birth to all 3 children. Further testing led to shocking results: Fairchild had two sets of DNA, one carried in her skin and the other in her internal organs. She was, indeed, her children's mother. What is the name of this rare condition? More...
This Day in History

The Munich Air Disaster (1958)

In 1958, a British European Airways airliner carrying the Manchester United soccer team along with a number of staff members, supporters, and journalists crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Germany's Munich-Riem airport. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board died in the disaster. There was speculation that the club would have to fold, but the threadbare team completed the season, and a rebuilt Manchester United won the European cup in what year? More...
Today's Birthday

Eva Braun (1912)

Braun, a saleswoman in the shop of Adolf Hitler's photographer, became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s. Although she lived in homes provided by Hitler throughout their courtship—first in a house in Munich and later in his Berchtesgaden chalet—he never allowed her to be seen in public with him. In 1945, with the Allies drawing ever closer, she joined him in Berlin against his orders. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in their bunker. What happened the next day? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

white coat hypertension

A phenomenon in which a patient experiences elevated blood pressure around medical professionals. More...
Today's Holiday

Waitangi Day (2019)

A national public holiday in New Zealand, February 6 commemorates the signing of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, in which the Maori natives agreed to coexist peacefully with the European settlers. It was not observed as a public holiday outside the North Island until it became New Zealand Day in 1973. It was observed as such until 1976, when it again became known as Waitangi Day. Waitangi is located on the Bay of Islands at the northern end of the North Island, and the day on which the treaty was signed is observed there by the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Maoris each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scent

breath - From an Old English word meaning "scent, smell." More...

flair - Comes from Latin fragrare, "smell sweet," and was first the ability to detect the "essence" or "scent" of something and know how to act accordingly. More...

red herring - Something intended to be misleading or distracting, so named from the practice of using the scent of red herring in training hounds. More...

relish - First meant "odor, scent," then "taste, flavor." More...

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