Word of the day  


Definition: n. habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.
Synonyms: hypersomnia
Etymology: L f. insomnis sleepless (as IN-(1), somnus sleep) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
by George Bernard Shaw

Birthday of the day  

Gregory of Tours

Saint Gregory of Tours (November 30, c. 538 – November 17, 594) was a Gallo-Roman historian and Bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of Gaul. He was born Georgius Florentius, later adding the name Gregorius in honour of his maternal great-grandfather. He wrote in an ungrammatical and barbarized style of late Latin; however, it has been argued that this was a deliberate ploy to ensure his works would reach a wide audience. He is the main contemporary source for Merovingian history. His most notable work was his Decem Libri Historiarum or Ten Books of Histories, better known as the Historia Francorum ('History of the Franks'), a title given to it by later chroniclers, but he is also known for his credulous accounts of the miracles of saints, especially four books of the miracles of Martin of Tours. St Martin's tomb was a major draw in the 6th century, and Gregory's writings had the practical aspect of promoting this highly organized devotion.

Joke of the day  

A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to his lawyer. 'If I lose this case, I'll be ruined.' 'It's in the judge's hands now,' said the lawyer. 'Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?' 'Oh no! This judge is a stickler or ethical behavior. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you. He might even hold you in contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn't even smile at the judge.' Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the defendant. As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer, 'Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked!' 'I'm sure we would have lost the case if you'd sent them.' 'But, I did send them.' 'What? You did?' said the lawyer, incredulously. 'Yes. That's how we won the case.' 'I don't understand,' said the lawyer. 'It's easy. I sent the cigars to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff's business card.'

Thought of the day  

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Vivian Malone Jones

Vivian Malone Jones (15 July 1942-13 Oct. 2005), civil rights activist, was born Vivian Juanita Malone in Mobile, Alabama, to Willie Malone, a carpenter and maintenance man, and Bertha Malone, a maid. She was the oldest of eight children--three boys and five girls. When Vivian was twelve years old, her curiosity about racially segregated public education was aroused, although she did not recognize it at the time. A front-page story in the Mobile newspaper discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which in 1954 outlawed segregation in public schools. Vivian questioned her mother about the meaning of the decision. Vivian knew already that she wanted to attend college and major in business, yet the ruling instilled in her the idea that she could achieve anything if she put her mind to it. She was also a capable student and belonged to the National Honor Society while in high school.

Article of the day  


Did you know

  • that the Rowan County War resulted in 20 deaths, talk of dissolving Rowan County, Kentucky, and the founding of what would become Morehead State University?
  • that transit of cargo between the Croatian Port of Ploce (pictured) and Bosnia and Herzegovina is exempt of duties and taxes?
  • that in September 1924, Jack Fowler scored five goals in a football match for Swansea Town against Charlton Athletic, which remains the club record for most goals in a match?
  • that 'king of the paparazzi' Felice Quinto was shot with an arrow in the course of his duty?