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Word of the day  

insomnia

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  

Emperor Chukyo

Emperor Chūkyō (仲恭天皇, Chūkyō-tennō) (October 30, 1218 – June 18, 1234) was the 85th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned only months in 1221, and he was not officially listed amongst the emperors until 1870 because of doubts caused by the length of his reign. The Imperial Household Agency recognizes Kujō no misasagi (九條陵) near Tōfuku-ji in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto as his tomb.

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  

637 – Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of the Iron Bridge.
 

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  

Peter Warlock

Peter Warlock was the pseudonym of Philip Heseltine (1894–1930), a British composer and music critic. The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. Best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music, he also achieved notoriety through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle. As a schoolboy at Eton College, Heseltine came under the spell of the British composer Frederick Delius, with whom he formed a close friendship. After a failed student career in Oxford and London, he turned to musical journalism, while developing interests in folk-song and Elizabethan music. His first serious compositions date from around 1915. A lasting influence arose from his meeting in 1916 with the Dutch composer Bernard van Dieren. Heseltine composed songs in a distinctive, original style, and built a reputation as a combative and controversial music critic. He made a pioneering contribution to the scholarship of early music, published under his own name, and produced a full-length biography of Delius. He died in his London flat of coal gas poisoning in 1930, probably by his own hand.

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?