Ameliorate

Word of the day  

discreet

Definition: adj. a circumspect in speech or action, esp. to avoid social disgrace or embarrassment. b tactful; trustworthy.
Synonyms: discerning
Etymology: ME f. OF discret -ete f. L discretus separate (as DIS-, cretus past part. of cernere sift), with LL sense f. its derivative discretio discernment (more...)

Quote of the day  

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
by Josh Billings

Birthday of the day  

Fra Bartolommeo

Fra Bartolomeo or Fra Bartolommeo (di Pagholo) (March 28, 1472 – October 6, 1517), also known as Baccio della Porta, was an Italian Renaissance painter of religious subjects.

Joke of the day  

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. 'Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.' Watson replied, 'I see millions and millions of stars.' 'What does that tell you?' Holmes asked. Watson pondered for a minute. 'Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?' Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. 'Watson, you idiot. Somebody has stolen our tent!'

Thought of the day  

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Fact of the day  

37 – Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.
 

Biography of the day  

Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin (26 Sept. 1946-9 Apr. 2005), feminist and writer, was born in Camden, New Jersey, to Harry Dworkin, a high school teacher and guidance counselor, and Sylvia Spiegel, a secretary, both of whom were Jewish. Andrea and her younger brother grew up in a financially stressed household, owing in large part to her mother's health problems. When she was ten years old, the family moved from working-class Camden to a more affluent area in New Jersey that was later named Cherry Hill, and Harry Dworkin took on an extra job at the post office to support them.

Article of the day  

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson (born 1992) is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his acting career at a young age with minor roles in TV commercials and pilot episodes. As he gained experience, he began taking on bigger roles, notably in Zathura (2005), RV (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), and The Kids Are All Right (2010). Over the course of his young career, he picked up three individual Young Artist Awards. Hutcherson has played Peeta Mellark in the science fiction adventure film series, The Hunger Games (2012, 2013 and 2014), in his best-known role. He has also taken on filmmaking and voiceover work, earning credits as an executive producer for Detention (2011), The Forger (2012), and Paradise Lost (2015), and for voice acting in 2013's Epic, the most commercially successful of his films except for The Hunger Games series. Hutcherson received the GLAAD Vanguard Award in 2012 for his efforts in promoting equal rights for LGBT people, and he supports the gay–straight alliance chapter called "Straight But Not Narrow".

Did you know

  • that former prime minister of Syria Sabri al-Asali (pictured) was part of the delegation that attended the founding of the Arab League in Cairo in 1945?
  • even though the United States Housing Act of 1949 called for building more housing, some projects saw more housing units destroyed than built?
  • that Scott Lost, while teaming with Joey Ryan, won the PWG World Tag Team Championship, but lost the championship to himself and Chris Bosh?
  • that St Matthew's Church in Silverhill, East Sussex, was meant to have a large tower with a tall spire, but when money ran out only a small fleche was built?