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Word of the day  

promiscuous

Definition: adj. of mixed and indiscriminate composition or kinds; indiscriminate.
Synonyms: easy, light, loose, sluttish, wanton,
Etymology: L promiscuus (as PRO-(1), miscere mix) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A library doesn't need windows. A library is a window.
by Stewart Brand

Birthday of the day  

Emperor Nijo

Emperor Nijō (二条天皇 Nijō-tennō) (July 31, 1143 – September 5, 1165) was the 78th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spaned the years from 1158 through 1165.

Joke of the day  

A fellow bought a new Mercedes and was out on the interstate for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to go faster. As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him. 'There's no way they can catch a Mercedes,' he thought to himself and went faster. The needle hit 90, 100.... Then the reality of the situation hit him. 'What am I doing?' he thought and pulled over. The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car. 'It's been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it's Friday the 13th. I don't feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go.' The guy thinks for a second and says, 'Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back!' 'Have a nice weekend,' said the officer.

Thought of the day  

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

Fact of the day  

30 BC – Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian\'s forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.
 

Biography of the day  

Dana Andrews

Dana Andrews (1 Jan. 1909-17 Dec. 1992), actor, was born Carver Dana Andrews in Collins, Mississippi, to Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, and Annis Speed. During his years as a Hollywood star, studio publicists listed his birth date as 1912. The third of nine children, he was named after professors his father had studied under at a theological seminary and was known as Dana. One of his brothers also became an actor, performing under the name Steve Forrest.

Article of the day  

royal baccarat scandal

The royal baccarat scandal was a British gambling scandal of the late 19th century involving the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). In September 1890 he was invited to a house party at Tranby Croft, Yorkshire, the home of Arthur Wilson and his family. During Edward's stay, lieutenant colonel Sir William Gordon-Cumming (pictured) was accused of cheating at baccarat and pressured into signing a document that stated he would never play cards again, in exchange for the silence of the guests. The secret was not kept for long, and Gordon-Cumming demanded a retraction from the Wilson family, who he considered to blame for divulging the news. They refused and he sued for slander. The atmosphere at trial in June 1891 was described as being like a theatre. Edward was called as a witness, the first time the heir to the throne had been compelled to appear in court since 1411. Despite discrepancies in the evidence and a strong closing speech by Gordon-Cumming's barrister, the jury found against him after a summing-up from the judge that was described by some as biased. Gordon-Cumming was dismissed from the army and ostracised from society for life, though public opinion was on his side.

Did you know

  • that Mrs. Pack was selected as wet nurse for William, Duke of Gloucester by his father because of her breasts, which were 'gigantic'?
  • that it has been said that the opening chorus of Bach's cantata Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99, 'would still work perfectly well if the vocal parts were entirely removed'?
  • that Chichester Castle was built in the Rape of Chichester in the 11th century?
  • that at the same time Francis 'Mother' Dunn was coaching Dickinson College's football team, he was also playing professional football for the Canton Bulldogs under Jim Thorpe?