Ameliorate

Word of the day  

basal

Definition: adj. of, at, or forming a base.
Synonyms: radical, base, basic, primary
Etymology: BASE(1) -AL (more...)

Quote of the day  

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.
by Emmanuel Teney

Birthday of the day  

Kujo Yoritsugu

Joke of the day  

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, 'Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?' 'Outstanding,' Fred replied. 'They taught us all the latest psychological techniques: visualization, association, etc. It was great.' 'That's great! And what was the name of the clinic?' Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn't remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, 'What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?' 'You mean a rose?' 'Yes, that's it!' He turned to his wife, 'Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?'

Thought of the day  

The sense of wonder?that is our sixth sense.

Fact of the day  

 

Biography of the day  

Sanford Berman

Sanford Berman (b. October 6, 1933) is an outspoken, radical librarian (cataloger) known for promoting alternative viewpoints in librarianship and acting as a pro-active information conduit to other librarians around the world, mostly via public speaking, voluminous correspondence, and unsolicited 'care packages' delivered via the U.S. Postal Service. Will Manley, columnist for the American Library Association publication American Libraries, referred to Berman as a 'bibliographic warrior.' The spark of Berman's cataloging revolution was the inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) of the term kaffir, which he came across while working in Zambia : 'Berman was told by offended black fellow-workers that calling someone a kafir was similar to being called a nigger in America.' This motivated him to systematically address subject heading bias in his work at Hennepin County Library and in writing 'Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People.'

Article of the day  

509th Composite Group

The 509th Composite Group was a United States Army Air Forces unit created during World War II and tasked with the operational deployment of nuclear weapons. Commanded by Paul W. Tibbets, it conducted the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The group, which was activated on 17 December 1944, was designated as a "composite" rather than a "bombardment" formation because it contained flying squadrons equipped with Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers and C-47 Skytrain and C-54 Skymaster transport aircraft. It operated Silverplate B-29s, which were specially configured to enable them to carry nuclear weapons. In addition to the two nuclear bombing raids, it carried out 15 practice missions against Japanese-held islands and 12 combat missions against targets in Japan, dropping high-explosive pumpkin bombs. In the postwar era, the 509th Composite Group was one of the original ten bombardment groups assigned to Strategic Air Command on 21 March 1946 and the only one equipped with Silverplate B-29 Superfortress aircraft capable of delivering atomic bombs. It was standardized as a bombardment group and redesignated the 509th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy, on 10 July 1946.

Did you know

  • that Michigan highway M-97 was simultaneously named both Reid Highway and Groesbeck Highway by different levels of government from 1927 until 1949, the year it was dedicated to Alex Groesbeck?
  • that about one million animals are used every year in Europe in toxicology testing?
  • that the producer of White Zinfandel originally wanted to name the wine after the old rose style Oeil de Perdrix?
  • that West Indian cricketer Brian Lara has made the highest individual score and only quadruple century in Test cricket?