Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

equanimity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being calm and even-tempered.
Synonyms:calmness, composure
Usage: Because she was prepared for the news, she was able to respond with equanimity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. They are contrasted with action verbs. What forms of verb tenses generally are not formed with stative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Shalimar Gardens

The reign of Emperor Shah Jahan in India saw the construction of the finest monuments of Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal and the Shalimar Gardens. The gardens were completed in Lahore, in what is now Pakistan, in 1642. Only three sections remain of the original seven, which symbolized the divisions of the Islamic paradise. The three descending terraces are elevated about 15 feet (5 m) above one another and are laid out in a parallelogram. How many fountains are in the gardens? More...
This Day in History

NASA's Mars Polar Lander Launched (1999)

The distance from Earth to Mars fluctuates between approximately 35 million mi (56 million km) and 63 million mi (101 million km). In 1999, NASA's Mars Polar Lander, on a mission to analyze soil samples, made the long journey to the Red Planet only to fail to re-establish communications following its entry into Mars's atmosphere. After the lander was declared lost, an investigation determined that it likely crashed onto the Martian surface. How long did it take the lander to reach Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793)

Mott was an American social reformer and women's rights advocate. She attended a Quaker boarding school near Poughkeepsie, New York, where she later taught, and became an official Quaker minister in 1821. She was active in the antislavery campaign and lectured widely on social reform. In 1848, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention, which launched the US women's suffrage movement. On what issue was Mott's stance at odds with that of the mainstream women's movement? More...
Quotation of the Day
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

go under the hammer

To be put up for or sold at auction. More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (Tamaseseri) (2016)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269 CE), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slaughter

fatstock - Livestock fattened for slaughter. More...

massacre - Comes from Latin mazacrium/masacrium, "slaughter." More...

slaughter - From Old Norse, meaning "butcher's meat." More...

homicide, murder, manslaughter - The general term for the killing of a person by another is homicide; murder is either the intentional killing or the malicious killing of another, while manslaughter is the unintentional, accidental killing of another through carelessness. More...

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