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Word of the day  

discreet

Definition: adj. a circumspect in speech or action, esp. to avoid social disgrace or embarrassment. b tactful; trustworthy.
Synonyms: discerning
Etymology: ME f. OF discret -ete f. L discretus separate (as DIS-, cretus past part. of cernere sift), with LL sense f. its derivative discretio discernment (more...)

Quote of the day  

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
by Josh Billings

Birthday of the day  

Ludolph van Ceulen

Ludolph van Ceulen (28 January 1540 – 31 December 1610) was a German / Dutch mathematician from Hildesheim. Like many Germans during the Catholic Inquisitions, he emigrated to the Netherlands.

Joke of the day  

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. 'Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.' Watson replied, 'I see millions and millions of stars.' 'What does that tell you?' Holmes asked. Watson pondered for a minute. 'Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?' Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. 'Watson, you idiot. Somebody has stolen our tent!'

Thought of the day  

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Fact of the day  

1077 – Walk to Canossa: The excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor is lifted.
 

Biography of the day  

Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin (26 Sept. 1946-9 Apr. 2005), feminist and writer, was born in Camden, New Jersey, to Harry Dworkin, a high school teacher and guidance counselor, and Sylvia Spiegel, a secretary, both of whom were Jewish. Andrea and her younger brother grew up in a financially stressed household, owing in large part to her mother's health problems. When she was ten years old, the family moved from working-class Camden to a more affluent area in New Jersey that was later named Cherry Hill, and Harry Dworkin took on an extra job at the post office to support them.

Article of the day  

Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson (1902–1983) was an English actor who played more than sixty film roles and, along with his contemporaries John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. In 1931 he joined the Old Vic, playing mostly Shakespearean roles. He led the company the following season, succeeding Gielgud, who had taught him much about stage technique. After he left the company, a series of leading roles took him to stardom in the West End and on Broadway. In the 1940s, Richardson was the co-director of the Old Vic company. He and Olivier led the company to Europe and Broadway in 1945 and 1946. In the 1950s, in the West End and occasionally on tour, Richardson played in modern and classic works including The Heiress, Home at Seven and Three Sisters. Richardson was cast in leading roles in British and American films including Things to Come in the 1930s, The Fallen Idol and The Heiress in the 1940s, and Long Day's Journey into Night and Doctor Zhivago in the 1960s. He received nominations and awards in the UK, Europe and the US for his stage and screen work from 1948 until his sudden death at the age of eighty, and earned a posthumous Academy Award nomination for his final film, Greystoke.

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