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Word of the day  

pragmatic

Definition: adj. dealing with matters with regard to their practical requirements or consequences.
Synonyms: matter-of-fact, pragmatical
Etymology: LL pragmaticus f. Gk pragmatikos f. pragma -matos deed (more...)

Quote of the day  

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
by John Barrymore

Birthday of the day  

Henry III of England

Henry III (1 October 1207 – 16 November 1272) was the son and successor of John as King of England, reigning for fifty-six years from 1216 to his death. His contemporaries knew him as Henry of Winchester. He was the first child king in England since the reign of Æthelred the Unready. England prospered during his reign and his greatest monument is Westminster, which he made the seat of his government and where he expanded the abbey as a shrine to Edward the Confessor.

Joke of the day  

TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? PUPILS: A teacher.

Thought of the day  

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

Fact of the day  

331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.
 

Biography of the day  

Mayme Agnew

Mayme Agnew Clayton (August 4, 1923 - October 13, 2006) was a librarian, and the Founder, President & Spiritual Leader of the Western States Black Research and Education Center (WSBREC), the largest privately held collection of African-American historical materials in the world. The collection represents the core holdings of the Mayme A. Clayton Library Museum and Cultural Center (MCL) located in Culver City, California. collection is considered one of the most important for African-American materials. Her collecting grew from her work as a librarian, first at the University of Southern California and later at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she began to build an African-American collection. Clayton, an avid golfer, traveled for her sport, trolling for rare finds wherever she went. The centerpiece of the collection that grew this way is a signed copy of Phillis Wheatley?s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, from 1773. First published by an American of African descent, the book was acquired for $600 from a New York dealer in 1973. In 2002 it was appraised at $30,000.

Article of the day  

Mucho Macho Man

Mucho Macho Man (foaled 2008) is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic. Named after the Village People song "Macho Man", he was owned for most of his racing career by Dean and Patti Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, and trained by Kathy Ritvo. Born late in the year for a Thoroughbred foal, as a growing two- and three-year-old he had to compete against horses that were several months older. In 2011, he competed in all three Triple Crown races, finishing third in the Kentucky Derby. After surgery in 2011 to address a breathing problem, he came back and won three graded stakes races and finished a close second in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic. Winning that race in 2013 (pictured with jockey Gary Stevens), combined with the compelling human-interest stories surrounding the horse and the people who worked with him, earned him the Secretariat Vox Populi Award and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year. Mucho Macho Man won another race in January 2014 and was retired in July due to "wear and tear", but essentially sound. He now lives at Adena Springs where he will stand at stud.

Did you know

  • that American Sociological Association's annual award in the sociology of education is named after Willard Waller?
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  • that Dove's Evolution is the first entry to win two Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival?
  • that Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok, the dictionary of choice for solvers and makers of Norwegian crossword puzzles, was edited by Marius Sandvei for more than five decades?