Ameliorate

Word of the day  

defy

Definition: v.tr. resist openly; refuse to obey.
Synonyms: withstand, hold, hold up
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
by Henri B. Stendhal

Birthday of the day  

Emperor Go-Daigo

Emperor Go-Daigo (後醍醐天皇 Go-Daigo-tennō) (November 26, 1288 – September 19, 1339) was the 96th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.

Joke of the day  

A young girl came home from a date looking sad. She told her mother, 'Charles proposed to me a few minutes ago.' 'Then why are you so sad?' her mother asked. 'Because he also mentioned he is an atheist. Mom, he doesn't believe there's hell!? Her mother replied, 'Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we'll show him how wrong he is.'

Thought of the day  

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change.

Fact of the day  

 

Biography of the day  

Marcia Davenport

Marcia Davenport (9 June 1903-16 Jan. 1996), author and critic, was born Abigail Glick in New York City to Bernard Glick, an insurance agent, and Reba Fiersohn Glick. Both parents were the children of Jewish ?migr?s from eastern Europe who settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During her early childhood she spent several summers in Italy, France, and Switzerland with her mother, who was studying voice abroad in preparation for a career as a concert singer. Mother and daughter returned to New York in 1909, and later that year Reba Glick, now known as Alma Gluck, made her professional debut in a well-received concert performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

Article of the day  

The World Is Not Enough

"The World Is Not Enough" is the theme song of the 1999 James Bond film of the same name, performed by alternative rock group Garbage (pictured in 2012). The song was written by composer David Arnold, who also scored the film, and lyricist Don Black, previously responsible for four other Bond songs. "The World Is Not Enough" was composed in the traditional style of the series' title themes contrasting with the post-modern production technique and genre-hopping sound that Garbage had established on their first two albums. Garbage recorded the majority of "The World Is Not Enough" while touring Europe, telephoning Arnold as he recorded the orchestral backing in London before travelling to England themselves. Afterwards the band finished production of the song in Canada. The lyrics reflect the point of view of the film's antagonist Elektra King, with themes of world domination and seduction. The song and accompanying soundtrack were released by Radioactive Records as the film premiered around the world at the end of November 1999. Upon release, "The World Is Not Enough" was widely acclaimed by reviewers, and reached the top forty of ten singles charts.

Did you know

  • that in Francisco Goya's painting Carlos IV in his Hunting Clothes the artist showed his debt to Titian's 1533 Charles V by showing a dog sniffing at the royal crotch?
  • that pre-colonial sexual customs in the Philippines involved equating the size of a woman's breasts and the wideness of her hips with the price of the dowry?
  • that it is speculated that Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus were commissioned by Constantine I?
  • that Lawrence Turner, who presented a Parliamentary petition calling for W. S. Gilbert's copyright on the libretti of Gilbert and Sullivan operas to be extended indefinitely, was the grandson of comic actor George Grossmith who starred in them?