Ameliorate

Word of the day  

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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  

Bertha of Savoy

Bertha of Savoy (21 September 1051 – 27 December 1087), also called Bertha of Turin, was the first wife of Emperor Henry IV, and was German Queen and Holy Roman Empress. She is buried in the cathedral of Speyer.

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  

455 – Emperor Avitus enters Rome with a Gallic army and consolidates his power.
 

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  

Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (1874–1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher, best known for his orchestral suite The Planets. He had originally hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Unable to support himself as a composer, he played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher. He was musical director at Morley College from 1907 until 1924, and pioneered music education for women at St Paul's Girls' School, where he taught from 1905 until his death. He also founded a series of annual Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life. As a composer, it was not until the international success of The Planets in the years immediately after the First World War that he became a well-known figure. In his later years his style of composition struck many as too austere, and his brief popularity declined. Nevertheless, he was a significant influence on a number of younger English composers, including Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten. Apart from The Planets and a handful of other works, his music was generally neglected until the 1980s, since when recordings of much of his output have been available.

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