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Topic: interject
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM

(verb) To insert between other elements.

Synonyms: interpose, throw in, come in, inject, put in

Usage: He listened thoughtfully, interjecting only the odd word.
Topic: Yuan Chonghuan
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Yuan Chonghuan

A famed military commander of the Ming Dynasty in the final years before it was toppled by the Manchurians, Yuan Chonghuan excelled in the use of artillery and brilliantly incorporated Western tactics into his battles. Despite being vastly outnumbered in the 1626 Battle of Ningyuan, his forces defeated those of Manchurian general Nurhaci. Still, rumors that he had collaborated with the enemy spread after he repelled an attack on Beijing in 1629, and he was executed. Who was behind the rumors? More...
Topic: Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. When was the fine paid? More...
Topic: John Quincy Adams (1767)
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
John Quincy Adams (1767)

The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he defended what famous mutineers in 1841? More...
Topic: Dunmow Flitch Trial
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Dunmow Flitch Trial

The custom of awarding a flitch of bacon ("flitch" refers to the side of a hog) to any married pair who have neither regretted their union nor quarrelled for a year and a day since their wedding dates back to the 13th century in England. The trial formerly took place on Whit Monday, but these days it is held every four years in July. Today, claimants for the Dunmow Flitch are required to answer questions about their marriage at a mock trial, presided over by a judge. A jury consisting of six spinsters and six bachelors gives the verdict, and the proceedings are usually lighthearted. More...
Topic: Friendships begin with liking or gratitude — roots that can be pulled up.
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude — roots that can be pulled up.

George Eliot (1819-1880)
Topic: an honest mistake
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
an honest mistake

A mistake made unintentionally or unknowingly and without the intention of causing harm; a mistake that anyone might have made in similar circumstances. More...

Topic: organism
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Today's topic: organism

cultivar - An organism resulting from cultivation, from the combination of "cultivated variety." More...

scientific name - The recognized Latin name given to an organism, consisting of a genus and species, according to a taxonomy; also called the binomial name. More...

soma - The body of an organism. More...

macronutrient - One required in relatively large amounts by organisms, e.g. carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. More...

Topic: The Coordinating Conjunction "For"
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
The Coordinating Conjunction "For"

The coordinating conjunction "for" is used to give a reason for something. What types of clauses does it normally join? More...
Topic: torturous
Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 12:00:00 AM

(adjective) Extremely painful.

Synonyms: agonizing, excruciating, harrowing

Usage: Losing someone you love is a torturous experience.