Word of the day  


Definition: v.intr. (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
Synonyms: vie, contend
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense 'strive after or contend for (something)' (as COM-, petere seek) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
by Honore de Balzac

Birthday of the day  

Robert II of France

Robert II (27 March 972 – 20 July 1031), called the Pious (French: le Pieux) or the Wise (French: le Sage), was King of France from 996 until his death. The second reigning member of the House of Capet, he was born in Orléans to Hugh Capet and Adelaide of Aquitaine.

Joke of the day  

A guy goes to a girl's house for the first time, and she shows him into the living room. She excuses herself to go to the kitchen to make them a few drinks, and as he's standing there alone, he notices a cute little vase on the mantel. He picks it up, and as he's looking at it, she walks back in. He says 'What's this?' She says, 'Oh, my father's ashes are in there.' He goes, 'Geez...oooh....I...' She says, 'Yeah, he's too lazy to go to the kitchen to get an ashtray when he smokes.'

Thought of the day  

Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.

Fact of the day  

87 BC – Crown Prince Fuling, later Emperor Zhao of Han, is named as Emperor Wu of Han\'s successor and heir to the throne. Emperor Wu dies two days later.

Biography of the day  

Melvil Dewey

Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851-December 26, 1931) was the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system for library classification. In 1883 he became librarian of Columbia College, and in the following year founded the Columbia School of Library Economy, the first-ever institution organized for the instruction of librarians. This school, which was very successful, was removed to Albany, New York in 1890, where it was reestablished as the New York State Library School under his direction. From 1888 to 1906, he was director of the New York State Library and from 1888 to 1900 was secretary of the University of the State of New York, completely reorganizing the state library and making it one of the most efficient in America, as well as establishing the system of state traveling libraries and picture collections. In 1890 he helped to found the first state library association - the New York Library Association (NYLA) - and he was its first president, from 1890-1892.

Article of the day  

D'Oliveira affair

The D'Oliveira affair was a controversy over the inclusion of Basil D'Oliveira, a mixed-race cricketer of South African origin, in the England cricket team selected to tour apartheid-era South Africa in 1968–69. D'Oliveira had moved to England primarily because apartheid restricted his cricketing career; he played Test cricket for England from 1966. The English cricketing authorities wished to maintain traditional links with South Africa and have the tour go ahead without incident; the South Africans publicly indicated that D'Oliveira could play, but secretly worked to prevent this. D'Oliveira's omission from the tour party, ostensibly on cricketing merit, prompted a public outcry in Britain; when he was then chosen to replace an injured player, the South Africans alleged political motivations behind England's team selection. Following abortive attempts at compromise, the English cancelled the tour before it began. Sporting boycotts of South Africa were already under way but this controversy was the first to have a serious impact on South African cricket. South Africa was almost totally isolated from international cricket from 1971 to 1991.

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  • that current Wesleyan football coach Mike Whalen led the Williams College 'Ephs' to four consecutive Little Three football championships and a undefeated record against Wesleyan?
  • that Neville Wigram, 2nd Baron Wigram survived the Dunkirk evacuation because the soap dish he was carrying in his military backpack stopped a bullet that would have hit him in the back?
  • that Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll (pictured) has scored more tries against France than any other country?