Word of the day  


Definition: n. a European and American crow, Pica pica, with a long pointed tail and black and white plumage.
Synonyms: scavenger, pack rat
Etymology: Mag, abbr. of Margaret PIE(2) (more...)

Quote of the day  

All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
by Elias Canetti

Birthday of the day  

Aegidius Tschudi

Aegidius (or Giles) Tschudi (5 February 1505 – 28 February 1572) was an eminent member of the Tschudi family, of Glarus, Switzerland.

Joke of the day  

Before going to Europe on business, a man drives his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and asks for an immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requests collateral. 'Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce,' the man says. The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank's underground parking for safe keeping and gives the man the $5,000. Two weeks later, the man walks through the bank's doors and asks to settle up his loan and get his car back. 'That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest,' the loan officer says. The man writes out a check and starts to walk away. 'Wait, sir,' the loan officer says. 'You are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?' The man smiles, 'Where else could I find a safer place to park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?'

Thought of the day  

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.-4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801-09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806). After the British burned Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress in August 1814, Jefferson offered his own collection to the nation. In January 1815, Congress accepted his offer, appropriating $23,950 for his 6,487 books, and the foundation was laid for a great national library. Today, the Library of Congress' website for federal legislative information is named THOMAS, in honor of Jefferson.

Article of the day  


Did you know

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  • that HMS Mahratta delivered a bathtub to Murmansk during World War II?
  • that Betty James came up with the name of the Slinky toy created by her husband, Richard T. James, and ran the business for decades after he left her and their six children to live in Bolivia?
  • that Thomas Edison hoped to make furniture, refrigerators, and pianos using the concrete he developed but it was instead used to make the Yankee Stadium?