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Topic: at a (single) stroke
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:52:50 AM
Idiom of the Day
at a (single) stroke — All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action.
Topic: Lajkonik
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:51:47 AM
Today's Holiday
Lajkonik
The most popular folk festival in Kraków, Poland, Lajkonik is believed to commemorate the horseman who carried the news of the Tartar defeat during the 13th-century Tartar invasions. A bearded horseman in oriental costume riding a richly draped wooden hobby-horse—the Lajkonik—collects money from the crowds lining the streets, tapping each donor with his rod to bring them good luck. Eventually he ends up in the market square, where he dances for the assembled dignitaries and receives from them a sack of money and a glass of wine, which he consumes after toasting the well-being of the city.
Topic: To retire is not to flee, and there is no wisdom in waiting when danger outweighs hope, and it is the part of wise men to...
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:49:49 AM
Quotation of the Day

To retire is not to flee, and there is no wisdom in waiting when danger outweighs hope, and it is the part of wise men to preserve themselves to-day for to-morrow, and not risk all in one day.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
Topic: John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (1903)
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:41:50 AM
Today's Birthday
John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (1903)
Raised in Indiana by a widowed father, Dillinger served a prison term for attempted robbery, then organized a gang and terrorized the Midwest in 1933. He became one of the most notorious criminals in the US. The infamous bank robber escaped jail twice, was involved in 16 killings, and was declared "public enemy number one" before being killed on a Chicago street by FBI agents at the age of 31.
Topic: Kodak Announces Discontinuation of Kodachrome Film (2009)
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:40:03 AM
This Day in History
Kodak Announces Discontinuation of Kodachrome Film (2009)
Manufactured by Kodak from 1935 to 2009, Kodachrome was the first commercially successful color film and was used to capture some of the most iconic images of the late 20th century. The film was known for its stability—if stored properly, it could be developed decades after being exposed and would retain its color and density for decades. Yet, advances in digital photography and the development of competing films considerably reduced demand.
Topic: AK-47s
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:36:02 AM
Article of the Day
AK-47s
Designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947, the AK-47 is an assault rifle that was used in most Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War. Due to its durability and ease of use, it remains the most widely used assault rifle in the world. Although only one factory holds the patent, nearly one million AK-47s are manufactured illegally each year, and many are smuggled and sold to governments, rebels, criminals, and civilians. An AK-47 appears on what country's flag and coat of arms.
Topic: The Modal Verbs
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:31:14 AM
Daily Grammar Lesson
The Modal Verbs
A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs (commonly known as main verbs) by expressing modality—that is, asserting (or denying) possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention.
Topic: coltish
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:29:11 AM
Word of the Day
coltish
Definition: (adjective) Lively and playful; frisky.
Synonyms: frolicky, frolicsome, rollicking, sportive
Usage: The substitute teacher found himself entirely overwhelmed by the energetic seventh-graders, whose coltish antics disrupted the lesson time and time again.
Topic: in no way, shape, or form
Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 2:01:26 AM
Idiom of the Day
in no way, shape, or form — In no possible manner; under no circumstances; not by any means.
Topic: Midnight Sun Festival
Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:57:43 AM
Today's Holiday
Midnight Sun Festival
The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year.

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