Word of the day  


Definition: v.intr. (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
Synonyms: vie, contend
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense 'strive after or contend for (something)' (as COM-, petere seek) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
by Honore de Balzac

Birthday of the day  

Raymond VI of Toulouse

Raymond VI (October 27, 1156 – August 2, 1222) was count of Toulouse and marquis of Provence from 1194 to 1222. He was also (as Raymond IV) count of Melgueil from 1173 to 1190.

Joke of the day  

A guy goes to a girl's house for the first time, and she shows him into the living room. She excuses herself to go to the kitchen to make them a few drinks, and as he's standing there alone, he notices a cute little vase on the mantel. He picks it up, and as he's looking at it, she walks back in. He says 'What's this?' She says, 'Oh, my father's ashes are in there.' He goes, 'Geez...oooh....I...' She says, 'Yeah, he's too lazy to go to the kitchen to get an ashtray when he smokes.'

Thought of the day  

Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851-December 26, 1931) was the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system for library classification. In 1883 he became librarian of Columbia College, and in the following year founded the Columbia School of Library Economy, the first-ever institution organized for the instruction of librarians. This school, which was very successful, was removed to Albany, New York in 1890, where it was reestablished as the New York State Library School under his direction. From 1888 to 1906, he was director of the New York State Library and from 1888 to 1900 was secretary of the University of the State of New York, completely reorganizing the state library and making it one of the most efficient in America, as well as establishing the system of state traveling libraries and picture collections. In 1890 he helped to found the first state library association - the New York Library Association (NYLA) - and he was its first president, from 1890-1892.

Article of the day  


Did you know

  • that Clara Hughes, who led the Canadian athletes in the parade of nations during the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, is the only athlete to have won multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics?
  • that the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary (pictured) is the largest Catholic church in Russia?
  • that current Wesleyan football coach Mike Whalen led the Williams College 'Ephs' to four consecutive Little Three football championships and a undefeated record against Wesleyan?
  • that Neville Wigram, 2nd Baron Wigram survived the Dunkirk evacuation because the soap dish he was carrying in his military backpack stopped a bullet that would have hit him in the back?
  • that Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll (pictured) has scored more tries against France than any other country?