Word of the day  


Definition: (often foll. by in) cause (a person or thing) to participate, or share the experience or effect (in a situation, activity, etc.).
Synonyms: affect, regard, necessitate, ask, need, require, take, call for, demand
Etymology: ME f. L involvere involut- (as IN-(2), volvere roll) (more...)

Quote of the day  

DoubtDoubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
by Kahlil Gibran

Birthday of the day  

Michel le Tellier

Michel Le Tellier, marquis de Barbezieux, seigneur de Chaville et de Viroflay (19 April 1603 – 30 October 1685) was a French statesman.

Joke of the day  

Through the pitch-black night, the captain sees a light dead ahead on a collision course with his ship. He sends a signal: 'Change your course 10 degree east.' The light signals back: 'Change yours, 10 degrees west.' Angry, the captain sends: 'I'm a navy captain! Change your course, sir!' 'I'm a seaman, second class,' comes the reply. 'Change your course, sir.' Now the captain is furious. 'I'm a battleship! I'm not changing course!? There is one last reply. 'I'm a lighthouse. Your call!'

Thought of the day  

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read.

Fact of the day  

65 – The freedman Milichus betrayed Piso\'s plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators are arrested.

Biography of the day  

Pedro Albizu Campos

Pedro Albizu Campos (12 Sept. 1891-21 Apr. 1965), lawyer and nationalist, was born in the district of Machuelo Abajo, Puerto Rico, the son of Alejandro 'El Vizca?no' Albizu Romero, a Basque merchant, and Juliana Campos, a mesti?a of Spanish, Native American, and African heritage. After completing high school in Ponce, Albizu Campos received a scholarship from the University of Vermont, where he enrolled in 1912 to study chemistry. In 1913 he transferred to Harvard University and worked as a translator (he was fluent in eight languages) and a writer for the Christian Science Monitor.

Article of the day  

Banksia grossa

Banksia grossa is a species of shrub in the plant family Proteaceae endemic to Southwest Australia. It is one of fourteen species of banksia of the series Abietinae, all of which bear predominantly round or oval inflorescences. Collected in 1965, it was described in 1981 by Alex George. Its thick leaves and large seeds distinguish it from other members of the Abietinae, and are the basis of its species name. Found in sand or sand over laterite among heath between Eneabba and Badgingarra in Western Australia, it grows as a many-stemmed shrub to 1 m (3 ft) high with narrow leaves and oval brownish flower spikes up to 10 cm (4 in) high, composed of hundreds of individual flowers. Flowering occurs throughout the cooler months of March to September. Old flower spikes develop woody follicles which bear the seeds. The plant takes 5 to 7 years to reach maturity and begin flowering. After bushfire, Banksia grossa regenerates from its woody lignotuber; bushfires also stimulate the release of seeds, which germinate after disturbance. Visitors to (and likely pollinators of) inflorescences include insects and a nocturnal mammal, the white-tailed dunnart.

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  • that while the 19th-century writer Samuel Lewis described the Welsh church of St Mary, Tal-y-llyn (pictured) as 'a small edifice of no interest', it is now one of the most highly rated listed buildings in the country?