Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

sibylline

Definition:(adjective) Resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy.
Synonyms:divinatory, mantic, vatic
Usage: It was a sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to all sorts of questions about the future.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ellipses

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text. When are brackets placed around ellipses? More...
Article of the Day

Improvised Explosive Devices

Fabricated from all manner of munitions and triggering mechanisms—both military and nonmilitary—improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are bombs that are deployed using methods other than those of conventional military action. Though IEDs have been used in conflicts throughout the world, the term is now commonly associated with the Iraq War due to the extensive use of such devices by insurgents. During the Vietnam War, what common household items were used in conjunction with grenades to form IEDs? More...
This Day in History

First Successful Escape from an Aircraft Using the Ejection Seat (1942)

Ejection seats are used in aircraft to quickly propel occupants out in an emergency. Today, they are fired by an explosive charge, but the first ejection seats were powered by compressed air. One of the first aircrafts to be fitted with such a system was the German Heinkel He 280 prototype jet fighter. While testing the He 280 during WWII, pilot Helmut Schenk became the first person to use an ejection seat to make an emergency escape from an aircraft. What went wrong during his test flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoinette Bourignon (1616)

Bourignon was a Flemish Christian mystic. After spending a short time in a convent and as head of an orphanage, she gathered a fanatical following at Amsterdam, believing herself divinely directed to restore the pure spirit of the Gospel. Moving from place to place, she took her printing press with her and disseminated her teachings. Her mystical ideas found particular favor in Scotland, where Bourignianism was declared a heresy. Why did Bourignon flee her home in 1636? More...
Quotation of the Day
But what is Government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. More...
Today's Holiday

Silvesterklausen (Old Silvester Day) (2020)

The custom known as Silvesterklausen in the town of Urnäsch, Appenzell Outer Rhoden, Switzerland, is performed both on December 31, New Silvester Day (St. Sylvester's Day), and on January 13, or Old Silvester Day (reflecting the change from the Julian, or Old Style, calendar to the Gregorian, or New Style, calendar in 1582). The men of the village, wearing masks, costumes, and heavy harnesses with bells, traditionally walk in groups from house to house singing wordless yodels. The friends and neighbors who receive them offer them a drink before they move on to the next house. 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...

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