Word of the day  


Definition: make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Synonyms: extenuate, palliate
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild (more...)

Quote of the day  

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
by Roger Babson

Birthday of the day  

Isabella of Portugal

Isabella of Portugal (4 October 1503 – 1 May 1539) was a Portuguese Princess (Infanta) and Holy Roman Empress, Duchess of Burgundy, and a Queen Regent/Consort of Spain. She was the daughter of Manuel I of Portugal and Maria of Aragon. By her marriage to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Isabella was also Holy Roman Empress and Queen consort of Aragon and Castile. She served as the regent of Spain during the absence of her spouse for long periods.

Joke of the day  

A young child walked up to her mother and stared at her hair. As mother scrubbed on the dishes, the girl cleared her throat and sweetly asked, 'Why do you have some grey strands in your hair?' The mother paused and looked at her daughter. 'Every time you disobey, I get one strand of grey hair. If you want me to stay pretty, you better obey.' The mother quickly returned to her task of washing dishes. The little girl stood there thinking. She cleared her throat again. 'Mother?' She sweetly asked again. 'Yes?' Her Mother replied. 'Why is Grandma's hair all grey?'

Thought of the day  

Once we hold a belief, it tends to stick with us for the rest of our lives, unless we challenge it.

Fact of the day  


Biography of the day  

Archibald Cox

Archibald Cox (17 May 1912-29 May 2004), distinguished lawyer, Harvard Law professor, U.S. solicitor general, and Watergate special prosecutor, was born Archibald Cox, Jr., in Plainfield, New Jersey, the oldest child of the prominent New York lawyer Archibald Cox, Sr., and Frances 'Fanny' Perkins. Young 'Archie' spent much of his childhood at the estate of his mother's family in Windsor, Vermont, a wooded retreat established by his great-grandfather William M. Evarts. Evarts, a descendant of the founding founder Roger Sherman, was a renowned nineteenth-century lawyer who had represented President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial (1868) and an independent-minded statesman who served as U.S. attorney general, secretary of state, and senator from New York. This family history entwined with law and public service influenced Archie from his earliest days.

Article of the day  


Did you know

  • that when a member of the Royal Commission on Local Government in England in 1966-69, Derek Senior wrote a memorandum of dissent as long as the report itself?
  • that despite his father calling him 'the flower of my fleet', Fleetwood Pellew (pictured) still managed to provoke two mutinies and spent thirty years on half-pay?
  • that D. Bennett Mazur was elected in 1991 to serve a sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 37th Legislative District, but resigned after suffering a stroke on Election Day?
  • that in 1899 Isaac Seneca became the first Native American to be named as an All-American football player while playing halfback for the Carlisle Indian School?