Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-sufficient

Definition:(adjective) Able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others.
Synonyms:self-sustaining
Usage: A strong and self-reliant man, he had all his life ignored companionship, had been well content to live without friends, self-contained and self-sufficient.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Viewpoint Adverbs and Sentence Placement

Viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate whose point of view is being expressed, or to specify what aspect of something one is talking about. Where do viewpoint adverbs usually appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Tylenol Crisis of 1982

The Tylenol Crisis, as it is now known, took place in the fall of 1982, when seven people in the Chicago area died after ingesting Extra Strength Tylenol capsules laced with the poison potassium cyanide. Their deaths, the first known to have been caused by deliberate product tampering, led to packaging reforms and federal anti-tampering laws. Despite a $100,000 reward offered by Johnson & Johnson, the perpetrator was never caught. How did Tylenol recover after the collapse of its market share? More...
This Day in History

The Barbie Doll Debuts (1959)

When Ruth Handler realized that there were no adult-bodied dolls on the toy market, she suggested to her husband—with whom she co-founded the Mattel toy company—that Mattel begin producing one. In 1959, Barbie made her debut. She was based on a German doll called Bild Lilli and was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model." According to estimates, more than a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide, and many have become collector's items. Who is the "Barbie" after whom the doll was named? More...
Today's Birthday

Yuri Gagarin (1934)

Gagarin was a Russian cosmonaut who, in 1961, became the first human being to successfully travel into space. Gagarin circled the Earth once during his 1-hour-and-48-minute flight aboard the Vostok 1. His success is believed to have ushered in the modern era of man in space, and Gagarin toured widely to promote the Soviet achievement. Ironically, he died in a plane crash seven years later. What factors did Soviet officials consider when choosing Gagarin for the historic space flight? More...
Quotation of the Day
Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

with reckless abandon

With rash, unrestrained impulsiveness, enthusiasm, or zeal. More...
Today's Holiday

Forty Martyrs' Day (2022)

The "Forty Martyrs of Sebaste" were Roman soldiers quartered in Armenia in 320 CE; they are greatly revered in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In Greece, special foods are prepared, such as cake with 40 layers of pastry and stew with 40 herbs. In Romania, little cakes called sfintisori ("little mints") are baked and given to and received from every passerby. Coliva is also traditional. Farm tools are readied for work, and hearth ashes are spread around the cottage to keep the serpent from entering. (Each home is said to have a serpent protecting it). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wicked

facinorous - Extremely wicked. More...

flagitious - Criminally wicked. More...

scelestious, scelestic - Other terms for wicked are scelestious and scelestic. More...

wicked - Probably based on Old English wicca, "witch." More...

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