Word of the day  


Definition: n. a social outcast.
Synonyms: outcast, castaway, Ishmael
Etymology: Tamil paraiyar pl. of paraiyan hereditary drummer f. parai drum (more...)

Quote of the day  

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
by Anatole France

Birthday of the day  

Dorothea of Montau

Saint Dorothea (or Dorothy) of Montau (German: Dorothea von Montau; Polish: Dorota z Mątowów) (6 February 1347 – 25 June 1394) was a hermitess and visionary of fourteenth century Germany. After centuries of veneration in Central Europe, she was canonized in 1976.

Joke of the day  

Do you believe in life after death?' the boss asked one of his employees. 'Yes, sir,' the clerk replied. 'That's good,' the boss said. 'After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you.'

Thought of the day  

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Paul Otlet

Paul Otlet (b. August 23, 1868, Belgium - December 10, 1944) was the founding father of documentation, the field of study now more commonly referred to as information science. He created the Universal Decimal Classification, one of the most prominent examples of faceted classification. Otlet was responsible for the widespread adoption in Europe of the standard American 3x5 inch index card used until recently in most library catalogs around the world, though largely displaced by the advent of online public access catalogs (OPAC). Otlet wrote numerous essays on how to collect and organize the world?s knowledge, culminating in two books, the Trait? de documentation (1934) and Monde: Essai d'universalisme (1935). Otlet, along with his friend and colleague Henri La Fontaine, who won the Nobel Prize in 1913, founded the now-bankrupt Institute International de Bibliography in 1895 which later became in English the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID). In 1910, following a huge international conference, they created the Union of International Associations, which is still located in Brussels. They also created a great international center called at first Palais Mondial (World Palace), later, the Mundaneum to house the collections and activities of their various organizations and institutes.

Article of the day  


Did you know

  • that the Italian battleship Caio Duilio was one of the longest-lived World War I dreadnoughts?
  • that for his 2004 film Drum, director Zola Maseko received the top prize at FESPACO, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, in addition to a cash prize of 10 million CFA francs (US$20,000)?
  • that the North Umpqua kalmiopsis (pictured) was, for over 50 years, thought to be a form of the floral species Kalmiopsis leachiana?
  • that seven Cornish fishermen sailed to Australia in the lugger Mystery in 1854-55, a journey which is being recreated today by the Spirit of Mystery?