Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 22, 2021)
Word of the Day

freebooter

Definition:(noun) Someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war).
Synonyms:looter, pillager, plunderer, raider
Usage: He was a genial freebooter, living off the enemy, without fear or shame.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Question Marks

Question marks ( ? ) are used to identify sentences that ask a question (technically known as interrogative sentences). What are indirect questions? More...
Article of the Day

The Centennial Light

The Centennial Light is the world's longest-lasting light bulb. Housed at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in Livermore, California, the bulb was donated to the department in 1901. The longevity of the four-watt, carbon-filament, hand-blown bulb has been recognized by several sources, including Guinness World Records. It has reportedly only been turned off a handful of times, and it has been on continuously since it was switched off for 22 minutes in 1976 for what reason? More...
This Day in History

Cuyahoga River Catches Fire (1969)

Famously described in a Time magazine article as a river that "oozes rather than flows" and a waterway in which a person "does not drown but decays," Ohio's Cuyahoga River used to be so heavily polluted that it actually caught fire—on more than one occasion. The river fire of 1969, which received national media attention, helped spur the environmental movement of the late 1960s and prompted the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. When else has the river caught fire? More...
Today's Birthday

George Vancouver (1757)

Vancouver was an English navigator and explorer who sailed on Captain James Cook's second and third voyages. In 1791, he set out for the northwest coast of America, traveling east. He rounded the Cape of Good Hope, explored the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, and visited Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands. He then reached the American coast and surveyed it for three years. In the course of his journeys, he circumnavigated the island that now bears his name. What was it originally called? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

this, that, and the other

Miscellany; a lot of different, varying things. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Alban's Day (2022)

St. Alban is the first and best known of all the English saints and martyrs. He was a soldier living as a pagan in the town of Verulamium, probably during the 3rd century, when a Christian priest named Amphibalus, pursued by Roman persecutors, begged for refuge in his house. Alban took him in and was soon converted by him and baptized. When he could conceal Amphibalus no longer, Alban changed clothes with him and gave himself up as the priest. Alban was brought before the governor, condemned, and beheaded. A shrine was later erected in Verulamium, and the town was renamed St. Albans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vanilla

hard sauce - Contains butter and sugar, with brandy, rum, or vanilla. More...

oak - In the flavor of wines, it comes from oak cases and is similar to coconut or vanilla. More...

vanilla - Can mean "having no special features." More...

white chocolate - A blend of cocoa butter, milk solids and sugar and vanilla, it used in candy bars and baking and coatings; it is not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liqueur. More...

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