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Topic: Theodor Morell
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:48:58 AM
Theodor Morell
Known in Germany for his unconventional, holistic, and alternative treatments, Morell was Adolf Hitler's personal physician. The Führer was suffering from skin and intestinal ailments when the two first met at a party. Morell started him on a course of treatment and was soon drawn into Hitler's inner circle. Though many high-ranking Nazi officials considered Morell a quack, Hitler remained convinced of his expertise. What substances that are now considered toxic did Morell administer to Hitler?
Topic: "Tritransitive" Verbs
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:48:31 AM
"Tritransitive" Verbs
An unofficial third type of transitive verb is what's sometimes known as a "tritransitive verb," meaning that it takes three objects. What is this third "object" is formed from?
Topic: unbending
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:38:37 AM
unbending
Definition: (adjective) Incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances.
Synonyms: rigid, inflexible
Usage: Indeed there may be generally observed in him an unbending, unyielding, brass-bound air, as if he were himself the bassoon of the human orchestra
Topic: First Ascent of Mt. McKinley's South Peak (1913)
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 4:46:51 PM
First Ascent of Mt. McKinley's South Peak (1913)
With a summit elevation of 20,320 ft (6,194 m), Alaska's Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America. James Wickersham led the first recorded climbing attempt in 1903 but turned back at 8,000 ft (2,438 m). In 1910, a group known as the Sourdough expedition claimed to have summited its lower, northern peak. Three years later, explorer Hudson Stuck and three others made the first successful ascent of the South Summit—its true summit. How did Stuck's ascent verify the Sourdough climb?
Topic: Mirror Boxes
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 4:46:32 PM
Between 50 and 80 percent of amputees experience phantom limb sensations, feelings that an absent limb is still present. These sensations are often painful. In the early 1990s, neurologist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran hypothesized that the phenomenon might be caused by changes in the brain rather than in peripheral nerves and developed the mirror box to alleviate the discomfort. A simple device, it creates the visual illusion that the phantom limb has reappeared. How is this believed to help?
Topic: "Be" as an Auxiliary Verb vs. "Be" as a Linking Verb
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 4:45:26 PM
Be as an auxiliary verb
We must be careful not to confuse how be functions as a linking verb with how it functions as an auxiliary verb. When it is used as an auxiliary, be is no longer an independent verb describing the subject of the sentence. Instead, it helps other verbs to create the continuous tenses or to change the voice of the writing.
Creating verb tenses
Be frequently functions as an auxiliary verb by combining with the present participle of a verb to form one of the continuous tenses. For example:
“I am listening to you.” (present continuous tense)
“She was working very hard.” (past continuous tense)
“They will be waiting for you at the airport.” (future continuous tense)
Topic: viviparous
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 4:44:43 PM
Word of the Day
viviparous
Definition: (adjective) Zoology Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.
Synonyms: live-bearing
Usage: Viviparous offspring live independently and require an external food supply from birth.
Topic: Troy Town
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 8:59:02 PM
Troy Town
Many of England's historic turf mazes—labyrinthine paths formed by cutting complex patterns into grass—were given names that incorporate the word "Troy," such as Troy Town, The City of Troy, or Troy's Walls. Such names were presumably used because, according to popular legend, the walls of the city of Troy were constructed in such a confusing and complex manner that any enemy who entered would be unable to find his way out. What is thought to have been the original purpose of these turf mazes?
Topic: cubbyhole
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 11:52:08 AM
cubbyhole
Definition: (noun) A small secluded room.
Synonyms: snug
Usage: Back in her cubbyhole of an office, Nina sat down at her desk.
Topic: dissension
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2018 3:49:55 PM
The sparks of dissension soon kindled into a blaze; and the colonies, or rather, as they quickly declared themselves, the States, became a scene of strife and bloodshed for years.

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