Ameliorate

Word of the day  

avatar

Definition: n.(in Hindu mythology) the descent of a deity or released soul to earth in bodily form.
Synonyms: embodiment, incarnation
Etymology: Skr. avatara descent f. {aacute}va down tr- pass over (more...)

Quote of the day  

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
by George Bernard Shaw

Birthday of the day  

Louis I, Cardinal of Guise

Louis de Lorraine (October 21, 1527, Joinville, Champagne – March 29, 1578, Paris) was the fourth son of Claude, Duke of Guise and Antoinette de Bourbon, and the younger brother of Charles of Guise, Cardinal of Lorraine. He was the nephew of Cardinal Jean de Lorraine. He is sometimes known as the cardinal de Guise.

Joke of the day  

Mr. Johnson was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. He said, 'I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least five pounds.' When Mr. Johnson returned, he shocked the doctor by having dropped almost twenty pounds. 'Why, that's amazing!' the doctor told him. 'You did this just by following my instructions?' The slimmed down Mr. Johnson nodded. 'I'll tell you, though, I though I was going to drop dead that third day.' 'From hunger, you mean.' 'No', replied Mr. Johnson, 'from skipping.'

Thought of the day  

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.

Fact of the day  

1096 – People\'s Crusade: The Turkish army successfully fight off the People\'s Army of the West.
 

Biography of the day  

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl (born January 12, 1945) is a librarian, best-selling author, book reviewer and was, until August 2004, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library. Her prolific reading and her knowledge of books and literature first made her locally famous in Seattle, Washington, where she regularly appears on public radio recommending books. Pearl achieved broader fame with Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, (2003) her guide to good reading, and the sequel More Book Lust (summer 2005) with the same subtitle, which received much acclaim ('a sprightly follow-up'), and was chosen by the Today Show as one of their book-club selections. As of 2006, she is working on a book of recommendations for children and teens to be called Book Crush. Pearl's approach to enjoying reading is the Rule of 50 which states 'If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages.'

Article of the day  

Analytical Review

The Analytical Review was a periodical established in London in 1788 by the publisher Joseph Johnson (pictured) and the writer Thomas Christie. Part of the Republic of Letters, it provided summaries and analyses of new publications and acted as a forum for radical political and religious ideas. Although it aimed at impartiality, its articles were often critical of the British government and supportive of the French revolutionaries. While the journal had low circulation numbers for its day, it still influenced popular opinion and was feared by the administration of William Pitt the Younger. Government supporters founded the Anti-Jacobin Review in 1797, which criticized the radical politics of the Analytical and monitored it for unpatriotic and irreligious sentiments. The Analytical Review focused on politics, philosophy, natural history, and literature. Its prominent writers (who signed their work with pseudonymous initials) included the poet William Cowper, the moralist William Enfield, the physician John Aikin, and the polemicist Mary Wollstonecraft. It suspended publication in December 1798 after Johnson was convicted of seditious libel and other contributors had died or retired.

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