Word of the day  


Definition: n. scorn; contempt.
Synonyms: contempt, scorn
Etymology: ME f. OF desdeign(ier) ult. f. L dedignari (as DE-, dignari f. dignus worthy) (more...)

Quote of the day  

Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.
by Dean Acheson

Birthday of the day  

Frederick I of Denmark

Frederick I of Denmark and Norway (7 October 1471 – 10 April 1533) was the King of Denmark and Norway. The name is also spelled Friedrich in German, Frederik in Danish, and Fredrik in Swedish and Norwegian.

Joke of the day  

The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office. 'What is your name?,' was the first thing the manager asked. 'John,' the new guy replied. The manager scowled. 'Look, I don't know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don't call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority,' he said. 'I refer to my employees by their last name only - Smith, Jones, Baker - that's all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?' The new guy sighed and said, 'Darling. My name is John Darling.' The manager said, 'Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you...'

Thought of the day  

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Daniel Joseph Boorstin

Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 - February 28, 2004) was a prolific American historian, professor, attorney, and writer. He served as the U.S. Librarian of Congress from 1975 until 1987. Boorstin graduated with highest honors from Harvard, studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his PhD. at Yale University. He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years. He also served as director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution. Boorstin wrote more than 20 books, including a trilogy on the American experience and one on world intellectual history. The Americans: The Democratic Experience, the final book in the first trilogy, received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for History. Boorstin also wrote the books The Discoverers, The Seekers and The Creators, a trilogy of books that attempt to survey the scientific, philosophic and artistic histories of humanity respectively.

Article of the day  


Did you know

  • that USS Nicholson (pictured) and USS Fanning, a pair of American destroyers built before World War I, are credited with the United States Navy's first U-boat kill for sinking U-58 on 17 November 1917?
  • that George Smith has twice won the John Eales Medal, awarded for the best Wallaby (Australian rugby team pictured), as voted for by his peers in the Rugby Union Players Association?
  • that Ira Needles co-founded the University of Waterloo in 1957 with Gerald Hagey, and later served as the university's second chancellor?
  • that the Tiller Ranger Station in southern Oregon served as the administrative headquarters for five different Umpqua National Forest ranger districts?