Word of the day  


Definition: resist openly; refuse to obey.
Synonyms: withstand, hold, hold up
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
by Henri B. Stendhal

Birthday of the day  

Sigismund of Austria

Sigismund of Austria, Duke, then Archduke of Further Austria (October 26, 1427 – March 4, 1496) was a Habsburg archduke of Austria and ruler of Tirol from 1446 to 1490.

Joke of the day  

A young girl came home from a date looking sad. She told her mother, 'Charles proposed to me a few minutes ago.' 'Then why are you so sad?' her mother asked. 'Because he also mentioned he is an atheist. Mom, he doesn't believe there's hell!? Her mother replied, 'Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we'll show him how wrong he is.'

Thought of the day  

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Marcia Davenport (9 June 1903-16 Jan. 1996), author and critic, was born Abigail Glick in New York City to Bernard Glick, an insurance agent, and Reba Fiersohn Glick. Both parents were the children of Jewish ?migr?s from eastern Europe who settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During her early childhood she spent several summers in Italy, France, and Switzerland with her mother, who was studying voice abroad in preparation for a career as a concert singer. Mother and daughter returned to New York in 1909, and later that year Reba Glick, now known as Alma Gluck, made her professional debut in a well-received concert performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

Article of the day  


Did you know

  • that Porter Edward Sargent's Handbook of Private Schools was viewed as giving 'the most comprehensive critiques of education published anywhere'?
  • that in Francisco Goya's painting Carlos IV in his Hunting Clothes the artist showed his debt to Titian's 1533 Charles V by showing a dog sniffing at the royal crotch?
  • that pre-colonial sexual customs in the Philippines involved equating the size of a woman's breasts and the wideness of her hips with the price of the dowry?
  • that it is speculated that Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus were commissioned by Constantine I?
  • that Lawrence Turner, who presented a Parliamentary petition calling for W. S. Gilbert's copyright on the libretti of Gilbert and Sullivan operas to be extended indefinitely, was the grandson of comic actor George Grossmith who starred in them?