Ameliorate

Word of the day  

basal

Definition: adj. of, at, or forming a base.
Synonyms: radical, base, basic, primary
Etymology: BASE(1) -AL (more...)

Quote of the day  

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.
by Emmanuel Teney

Birthday of the day  

Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria

Maximilian I, Duke/Elector of Bavaria (17 April 1573 – 27 September 1651), called 'the Great', was a Wittelsbach ruler of Bavaria and a prince-elector (Kurfürst) of the Holy Roman Empire. His reign was marked by the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648).

Joke of the day  

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, 'Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?' 'Outstanding,' Fred replied. 'They taught us all the latest psychological techniques: visualization, association, etc. It was great.' 'That's great! And what was the name of the clinic?' Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn't remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, 'What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?' 'You mean a rose?' 'Yes, that's it!' He turned to his wife, 'Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?'

Thought of the day  

The sense of wonder?that is our sixth sense.

Fact of the day  

69 – After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
 

Biography of the day  

Sanford Berman

Sanford Berman (b. October 6, 1933) is an outspoken, radical librarian (cataloger) known for promoting alternative viewpoints in librarianship and acting as a pro-active information conduit to other librarians around the world, mostly via public speaking, voluminous correspondence, and unsolicited 'care packages' delivered via the U.S. Postal Service. Will Manley, columnist for the American Library Association publication American Libraries, referred to Berman as a 'bibliographic warrior.' The spark of Berman's cataloging revolution was the inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) of the term kaffir, which he came across while working in Zambia : 'Berman was told by offended black fellow-workers that calling someone a kafir was similar to being called a nigger in America.' This motivated him to systematically address subject heading bias in his work at Hennepin County Library and in writing 'Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People.'

Article of the day  

Spinning Around

"Spinning Around" is the lead single from Light Years (2000), Kylie Minogue's seventh studio album. The disco-influenced dance-pop song addresses the theme of reinvention, with Minogue (pictured performing the song) claiming that she has changed as a person and learned from the past. Released in June 2000, it received favourable reviews from music critics, who regarded it as one of the album's highlights and praised Minogue for returning to her signature musical style. The song was a commercial success and became Minogue's "comeback" single following the critical and commercial disappointment of her sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997). It entered the Australian Singles Chart at number one, becoming the singer's first chart-topper since "Confide in Me" (1994). The song also debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, and was her first UK number-one single since 1990. The accompanying music video features Minogue dancing and enjoying herself in a disco. It became popular for the gold hotpants she sported in most of the scenes and led to a media "fetish" regarding her bottom. "Spinning Around" has been performed by Minogue during most of her concert tours.

Did you know

  • that Michigan highway M-97 was simultaneously named both Reid Highway and Groesbeck Highway by different levels of government from 1927 until 1949, the year it was dedicated to Alex Groesbeck?
  • that about one million animals are used every year in Europe in toxicology testing?
  • that the producer of White Zinfandel originally wanted to name the wine after the old rose style Oeil de Perdrix?
  • that West Indian cricketer Brian Lara has made the highest individual score and only quadruple century in Test cricket?