Word of the day  


Definition: (often foll. by in) cause (a person or thing) to participate, or share the experience or effect (in a situation, activity, etc.).
Synonyms: affect, regard, necessitate, ask, need, require, take, call for, demand
Etymology: ME f. L involvere involut- (as IN-(2), volvere roll) (more...)

Quote of the day  

DoubtDoubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
by Kahlil Gibran

Birthday of the day  

Michel le Tellier

Michel Le Tellier, marquis de Barbezieux, seigneur de Chaville et de Viroflay (19 April 1603 – 30 October 1685) was a French statesman.

Joke of the day  

Through the pitch-black night, the captain sees a light dead ahead on a collision course with his ship. He sends a signal: 'Change your course 10 degree east.' The light signals back: 'Change yours, 10 degrees west.' Angry, the captain sends: 'I'm a navy captain! Change your course, sir!' 'I'm a seaman, second class,' comes the reply. 'Change your course, sir.' Now the captain is furious. 'I'm a battleship! I'm not changing course!? There is one last reply. 'I'm a lighthouse. Your call!'

Thought of the day  

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read.

Fact of the day  

65 – The freedman Milichus betrayed Piso\'s plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators are arrested.

Biography of the day  

Pedro Albizu Campos

Pedro Albizu Campos (12 Sept. 1891-21 Apr. 1965), lawyer and nationalist, was born in the district of Machuelo Abajo, Puerto Rico, the son of Alejandro 'El Vizca?no' Albizu Romero, a Basque merchant, and Juliana Campos, a mesti?a of Spanish, Native American, and African heritage. After completing high school in Ponce, Albizu Campos received a scholarship from the University of Vermont, where he enrolled in 1912 to study chemistry. In 1913 he transferred to Harvard University and worked as a translator (he was fluent in eight languages) and a writer for the Christian Science Monitor.

Article of the day  

Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson is a character voiced by Nancy Cartwright (pictured) on the animated TV series The Simpsons, the longest-running American sitcom. Created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening, the mischievous and rebellious Bart (an anagram of brat) is the ten-year-old son of Homer and Marge and the older brother of Lisa and Maggie. The character has also appeared in video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials, comic books, merchandising, and (for three years before The Simpsons) on The Tracey Ullman Show. Hallmarks of the character include his chalkboard gags in the opening sequence, his prank calls to Moe, and the catchphrases "Eat my shorts", "¡Ay, caramba!", and "Don't have a cow, man!" During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show's breakout character, though educators derided Bart's pride in being an underachiever. Time named Bart one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. Nancy Cartwright has won several awards for voicing Bart, including a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 and an Annie Award in 1995. In 2000, Bart and the rest of his family were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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