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Word of the day  

clandestine

Definition: adj. surreptitious, secret.
Synonyms: cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground
Etymology: F clandestin or L clandestinus f. clam secretly (more...)

Quote of the day  

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
by Arnold Bennett

Birthday of the day  

Vettius Valens

Vettius Valens (February 8, 120 – c. 175) was a second-century Hellenistic astrologer, a somewhat younger contemporary of Claudius Ptolemy.

Joke of the day  

Two barbershops were in red-hot competition. One put up a sign advertising haircuts for 7-dollars. His competitor put up one that read, 'We repair 7-dollars hair cuts.'

Thought of the day  

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Fact of the day  

 

Biography of the day  

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer (9 Mar. 1943-17 Jan. 2008), professional chess player and the eleventh official world chess champion, was born Robert James Fischer in Chicago, Illinois, to a single mother, Regina Wender Fischer. Bobby had an older sister, Joan, who was born to Regina, an American citizen of Polish-Jewish heritage, and then-husband Hans Gerhardt Fischer in 1937 while the couple lived in Moscow. In 1939 Regina and daughter Joan returned to the United States via Paris without Hans Gerhardt, who immigrated to Chile. Bobby's paternity was uncertain. Though Regina had listed Hans Gerhardt Fischer as the father on the birth certificate, it is now strongly believed that Bobby's father was Paul Felix Nemenyi, a Hungarian immigrant scientist of Jewish faith whom Regina had met in Colorado in the early 1940s.

Article of the day  

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Did you know

  • that the Hallaton Helmet may have been owned by a Briton who fought alongside the Romans during their conquest of Britain in AD 43?
  • that Queen Lili?uokalani's song 'Aloha ?Oe' was inspired by the tender farewell and fond embrace between Colonel Boyd and one of the young ranch ladies at Maunawili?
  • that the 1806 settlement of Chinese in Trinidad was the first organised settlement of Chinese people in the Caribbean, preceding the importation of Chinese-indentured labour by over 40 years?
  • that most of Manchester's Grade I listed buildings are Victorian, because of Manchester's growth during the Industrial Revolution?