Word of the day  


Definition: adj. & n. having a shine; smooth.
Synonyms: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining
Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn. (more...)

Quote of the day  

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
by Mother Teresa

Birthday of the day  

Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress

Eleanor of Portugal (18 September 1434 – 3 September 1467) was Empress of the Holy Roman Empire.

Joke of the day  

A woman in her eighties made the evening news because she was getting married for the fourth time. The following day she was being interviewed by a local TV station, and the commentator asked about what it felt to be married again at that age and if would she share part of her previous experiences, as it seemed quite unique that her new husband was a 'funeral director.' After a short time to think, a smile came to her face and she proudly explained that she had first married a banker when she was in her twenties, in her forties she married a circus ring master, and in her sixties she married a pastor and now in her eighties, a funeral director. The amazed commentator asked her why she had married men with such diverse carriers. With a smile on her face she explained, 'I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.'

Thought of the day  

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

Fact of the day  

14 – Tiberius is confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate following the natural death of Augustus

Biography of the day  

Lucy Burns

Lucy Burns (28 July 1879-22 Dec. 1966), suffragist and vice chairman of the Congressional Union, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the fourth of eight children of Edward and Ann (Early) Burns. Raised in a close-knit, Irish Catholic family, Burns was fortunate in having a father who believed in education for women and had the means as a bank vice president to provide it. His five daughters attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, the best girls' school in Brooklyn's best neighborhood. Tall and sturdy, with blazing red hair, blue eyes, and dimples, Burns was a proficient debater known for her robust sense of humor. In the mock epitaphs for each graduate, the one penned for Burns reflected a personality 'untamed by Packer's genteel culture. 'I ought to have my way in everything, and what's more, I will too'' (Walton, p. 29).

Article of the day  

Joanna Yeates

Joanna Yeates (1985–2010) was a 25-year-old landscape architect from Hampshire, England, who went missing on 17 December 2010 in Bristol after an evening out with colleagues. Following a highly publicised appeal for information on her whereabouts and intensive police enquiries, her body was discovered on 25 December 2010; a post-mortem examination determined that she had been strangled. The murder inquiry was one of the largest police investigations ever undertaken in the Bristol area. The case dominated UK news coverage around Christmas. The police initially arrested Christopher Jefferies, Yeates' landlord; he was subsequently released and later obtained substantial libel damages from eight newspapers over their coverage of his arrest. Vincent Tabak, a 32-year-old Dutch engineer and neighbour of Yeates, was arrested on 20 January 2011. He was convicted at trial of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. A memorial service was held for Yeates at the parish church in the Bristol suburb where she lived; her funeral took place near the family home in Hampshire. Several memorials were planned, including one in a garden she had been designing for a new hospital in Bristol.

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