Word of the day  


Definition: v.intr. (foll. by with, between) colloq. establish cooperation, act as a link.
Synonyms: intercede, mediate, intermediate, arbitrate
Etymology: back-form. f. LIAISON (more...)

Quote of the day  

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
by Henry Ward Beecher

Birthday of the day  

John III of Sweden

John III (Swedish: Johan III, Finnish: Juhana III) (20 December 1537 – 17 November 1592) was King of Sweden from 1568 until his death. He was the son of King Gustav I of Sweden and his second wife Margaret Leijonhufvud. He was also quite autonomously the ruler of Finland, as Duke John from 1556 to 1563. In 1581 he assumed also the title Grand Prince of Finland.

Joke of the day  

A man asks a trainer in the gym: 'I want to impress that beautiful girl, which machine can I use?' The trainer replied; 'Use the ATM outside the gym!!!'

Thought of the day  

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Fact of the day  

69 – Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor.

Biography of the day  

Sir Thomas Bodley

Sir Thomas Bodley (March 2, 1545 - January 28, 1613), was an English diplomat and scholar, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. He determined, he said, 'to take his farewell of state employments and to set up his staff at the library door in Oxford.' In 1598 his offer to restore the old library was accepted by the university. Bodley not only used his private fortune in this undertaking, but induced many of his friends to make valuable gifts of books. In 1611 he began its permanent endowment, and at his death, the greater part of his fortune was left to it.

Article of the day  

Albatrellus subrubescens

Albatrellus subrubescens is a species of polypore fungus in the family Albatrellaceae. The fruit bodies (mushrooms) of the fungus have whitish to pale buff-colored caps that can reach up to in diameter, and stems up to long and thick. On the underside of the caps are tiny light yellow to pale greenish-yellow pores, the site of spore production. When the fruit bodies are fresh, the cap and pores stain yellow where exposed, handled, or bruised. The species is found in Asia, Europe, and North America, where it grows on the ground in deciduous or mixed woods, usually in association with pine trees. It is closely related, and physically similar, to the more common Albatrellus ovinus, from which it may be distinguished macroscopically by differences in the color when bruised, and microscopically by the amyloid (staining bluish-black to black with Melzer's reagent) walls of the spores. The fruit bodies of A. subrubescens contain scutigeral, a bioactive chemical that has antibiotic activity. A. subrubescens mushrooms are mildly poisonous, and consuming them will result in a short-term gastrointestinal illness.

Did you know

  • that Prussia refused to meet its obligations from the Polish-Prussian alliance of 1790, and instead of aiding Poland during the Polish-Russian War of 1792, helped Russia to quell the Kosciuszko Uprising the following year?
  • that the Jablonkow Incident has been named the first commando operation of the Second World War?
  • that Chinese Buddhist monk Song Yun and companions traveled to northwest India at the request of Empress Hu during the Northern Wei dynasty?
  • that in chemical kinetics, Lindemann mechanisms have been used to model gas phase decomposition reactions?